Scott administration admits to voter purge flaws
When Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration announced new voting requirements for the state last year, civil rights groups and local officials protested.
The groups said that African Americans and Latinos would be unfairly targeted and not be able to vote.
Turns out they were right.
In a rare display of contrition coming to a Florida city near you, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is acknowledging what civil rights groups and local elections officials had already been saying: Last year’s attempted purge of noncitizens from voter rolls was fundamentally flawed. “I accept responsibility for the effort,” Scott’s secretary of state, Ken Detzner, told the Herald/Times. “It could have been better. It should have been better.” The apology is part of a sales pitch to the public and supervisors of elections that a second attempt to remove non citizens from voter rolls, “Project Integrity”, will be better.
During the voting purge, the administration initially identified 182,000 suspected non-U.S. citizens using data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
From those numbers, the state shrank its list to 2,600 and then to 198 before the election supervisors halted their searches. The problem in this practice is that once the “non-citizens” were identified, their files were not reviewed to ensure accuracy. Supervisors were sent a list of names of suspected non citizens with no backup documentation.
While the administration is admitting fault, it still plans to implement the purge, this time ensuring more accuracy going forward.
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