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Judge denies request to stop voter purge

TALLAHASSEE —U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Wednesday denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to stop Florida from removing non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls.

The Justice Department asked for a restraining order, claiming the removal of noncitizens violates a federal law prohibiting the systemic removal of noncitizens less than 90 days before a federal election.

But Hinkle said his reading of that law does not prevent the state from taking noncitiznes off the rolls.

Attorneys for secretary of state Ken Detzner told the judge that the federal government’s request was meaningless because the purgin has stopped.

Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

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J. Colangelo

Problem is they were purging people that were third and fourth generation citizens.

whasup

Problem is, there were and probably still are illegal voters on the rolls.

Haven't seen any report of a living citizen purged from the rolls by this effort.

Has anyone?

Linda Hoskinson

Have seen only one complaint, where convicted of taking a bribe, Former Judge and Now Congressman Alcee Hastings jumped on his political bandwagon for publicity against the purge (for his own political gain). All He had to do as a Congressman was put his staff in charge of checking into it for his constituant and he would have preserved that one vote for he and Obama. The ASS-ininty of this Left Wing Congressman.

Red Fred

"Problem is they were purging people that were third and fourth generation citizens."

False.

Corky Boyd

Finally logic and the law are being observed by a Federal Judge. Where I live, there are three foreign nationals who have winter homes within 100 yards of my home. Should they be allowed to vote in our elections after having voted in theirs? Well AG Holder thinks so.

Florida found a dozen or so foreign nationals who not only were on the voter rolls, but who actually voted fraudulently. Why isn't he prosecuting them?

Aggie 95

I wonder if this ruling will safely flip the state Republican ....especially removing the dead from the roles. I find it odd that those voters while alive who voted Republican seem to have a come to Jesus moment after death and vote democrat ....odd that

Cindy Graves

All 67 Supervisors of Election should do their jobs and assist the governor in his lawful and common sense request.

Finally. Judge Hinkle is the voice of reason and clarity.If my name should mistakenly show up on this list, I would be proud to show that I am a citizen.

Stephanie Kienzle

I'm glad to see so many here agreeing with the judge's ruling. It's good to know that many in South Florida still have common sense.

Genearly

"The Justice Department asked for a restraining order, claiming the removal of noncitizens violates a federal law prohibiting the systemic removal of noncitizens less than 90 days before a federal election."

Say What? Removal of NONCITIZENS violates Federal Law?

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