Florida Resumes Clearing Voting Rolls of Non-Citizens
Posted at 4 p.m. on Aug. 8
The New York Times reports that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) “has ordered state officials to resume a fiercely contested effort to remove noncitizens from voting rolls” after the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a portion of the Voting Rights Act.
“The program, which was put in place before the 2012 election, became mired in lawsuits and relentless criticism from opponents who viewed it as harassment… His decision adds Florida to a growing list of states, including Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Alabama, that have seized on the Supreme Court ruling to advance legislation calling for tougher voting rules or oversight.”
“Noting that the Supreme Court ruling had essentially invalidated the immigrant group’s lawsuit, the Florida Department of State sent a letter on Friday to the 68 election supervisors announcing it would reinstitute the search for noncitizens on the rolls.”