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In fight over voter purge, Justice Department demands Hillsborough election records

Published Aug. 2, 2012

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.