Updated with an explanation from the Florida Division of Elections:
Here's why OJ Simpson wasn't purged from Florida's voter rolls:
“Mr. Simpson’s name was not removed from the voter rolls because he was convicted in Nevada so his name was never sent to the Department of State for removal," elections spokeswoman Brittany Lesser said in an email. "We are working to improve how the voter rolls are updated in order to maintain the integrity of elections statewide.”
It appears that the state didn't have a process for checking to see if voters had been convicted in other states. The Florida statute that explains the process for removing felons from the voting rolls talks about convictions in general -- it doesn't suggest that only convictions that occurred in Florida are relevant.
Andrew Ladanowski, who has been on a mission to get Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to reorganize voting precincts, recently investigated if convicted felons were having their voting rights removed as the state requires. Simpson was the first felon he could confirm that should not be on the list.
Ladanowski emailed us information he found in the voter database which shows that Orenthal J Simpson registered in July 2000, lives at 9450 SW 112Th St. Simpson is listed as “no party affiliation” and the data states “You are currently eligible to vote in Miami-Dade County.”
“I’m surprised that the entire country knows that O.J. is a convicted felon except for the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections,” said Ladanowski, a data Analyst and IT consultant at AddinSolutions who lost a bid for the Broward school board in 2012.
Contacted by the Miami Herald, a spokeswoman at the Miami-Dade Supervisor of elections office said she would research the matter.
Gossip Extra reported that Simpson sold his house earlier this week at a foreclosure auction for "$655,000 to a yet-to-be-identified private online bidder."
Simpson was acquitted in criminal court in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994. He is behind bars in Nevada after being convicted of robbery and kidnapping in 2008 in an unrelated case.
A Tamarac blogger who wrote about Simpson’s voter registration joked “If we don’t work fast enough, Simpson is going to request an absentee ballot from prison.”