TAMPA — In the ongoing fight over purging Florida's voter rolls, the U.S. Department of Justice has demanded election records from Hillsborough County.
A document filed Monday in U.S. District Court gives the county's Supervisor of Elections Office until Aug. 15 to produce a comprehensive list of people the state has flagged as non-citizens to be removed from voter rolls.
The subpoena comes on the heels of the Justice Department joining an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit to prevent a purge in an election year.
Both groups argue the action is in violation of a rule that requires five Florida counties to get federal pre-clearance before making any changes to voting procedure. Hillsborough, Collier, Hardee, Hendry and Monroe are affected because of past discrimination.
A spokesman for the elections office said the agency plans to comply with the subpoena.