Florida Democrats Push Back Against Voter Purge

Source: AP / CBS News

Amid continued controversy surrounding a recent purge of potential non-citizens on Florida voting rolls, a handful of Democratic Florida lawmakers are pushing back, arguing in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott that the process “fails to meet the basic standards of accountability” and that proceeding with it would be “irresponsible.”

The Florida Department of Elections is in the process of sweeping the state election rolls and identifying Florida residents deemed to be potential non-citizens based on a cross-search of data from the Florida Department of Elections and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Voters are notified by letter that they have been identified as potentially ineligible to vote, and have thirty days upon receipt of the letter to provide documentation of their citizenship or face removal from the polls.

The database, however, relies on some outdated driver’s license information, and a number of the people list of possible non-citizens have proven their citizenship, according to the state’s elections department. An analysis by the Miami Herald showed that the list was predominantly made up of Democrats, independents and Latinos.

Among those marked as a potential non-citizen was Bill Internicola, a 91 year-old Brooklyn-born military veteran who received a Bronze Star for fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, as the Miami Herald reported yesterday.

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