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It's official: DOJ sues Florida over voter purge

DOJ said as much yesterday. Now, here's the press release and lawsuit:

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida and the Florida Secretary of State in his official capacity alleging that the state has violated its obligations under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

The complaint, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, alleges that Florida has violated the NVRA by conducting a systematic program to purge voters from its voter registration rolls within the 90-day quiet period before an election for federal office established by the law.  In addition, the complaint alleges that Florida’s use of inaccurate and unreliable voter verification procedures violates the requirement in Section 8 of the NVRA that any such program be uniform and nondiscriminatory.

“The Department of Justice has an overriding interest in protecting the rights of eligible citizens to register and vote free from unlawful burdens, while at the same time ensuring that ineligible persons do not register and vote in federal elections in violation of the law,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “The department is committed to enforcing the National Voter Registration Act so that these objectives are met.”

The lawsuit seeks a court order declaring that the defendants have failed to comply with the requirements of Section 8 of the NVRA, and enjoining Florida from taking any further steps in connection with this list purge program.

“Congress enacted the NVRA against a historical backdrop in this country in which purge programs initiated close to elections prevented and deterred eligible citizens from casting ballots,” said Assistant Attorney General Perez.  “The 90-day quiet period in the NVRA protects eligible voters from being dropped from the rolls right before an election.  It appears that Florida has undertaken a new program for voter removal within this 90-day period that has critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters.”

More information about the NVRA and other federal voting laws is available on the Department of Justice website at www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/.  Complaints about discriminatory voting practices may be reported to the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.

Download US v Florida complaint

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AZWarrior

Welcome to the Obama hate list Florida. We in Arizona welcome you to the fight. Keep doing the right thing and resist the tyranny of an out of control, disfuctional Federal Government. This is a politically motivated malicious lawsuit and Florida should counter sue for legal expenses plus triple damages.

Joe Walsh

Again Florida is breaking the law. Why can't we follow the law. It is plain and simple. I think our Florida leaders need to be arrested. They don't care about us or the law.

John Longwire

Voter suppression needs is not a fair strategy to win an election. Floria has not learned their lesson and I am glad that this is being dealt with. If you don't want the Feds stepping in your "stuff", don't violate Federal election laws.

ignatz

Why don't Republicans think the law applies to them?

gatsbythegreat

Put those commies breaking voter laws in prison; better still, try them for treason in front of military tribunal. No room for traitors here in my country. Give me the immigrants over the GOP ANYDAY.

THEY HAVE RUINED MY COUNTRY.

whasup

Ain't it amazing how desperate the lefties and the Obamanation want to preserve every illegal voter they can hang on to?

If the feds and DOJ want to make this appropriate purge of illegales from the voter rolls better, all they have to do is bounce Florida's list of suspected aliens against their citizenship/alien database and ... voila ... Florida can then remove from the suspects list, all those folks who are legitimate voters.

That would take an ordinary bright and computer competent person about one week to do. But with the feds, I reckon ... after they overpaid for a study to evaluate how to do it ... and after they overpaid more for an implementation study to plan it out ... and after they did the work ... they'd be able to help by around the election 10 years from now.

Bunch of federal lard-brick bureaucrats. Homeland Security is filled with them.

And Obama is their glorious leader ... and fellow conspirator in this attempt to keep illegal voters on the rolls.

Del Dawson

Florida Republican not only believe that they are above the law, but that they ARE the law. What a sad bunch of cry babies.

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