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State may suspend non-citizen voter purge efforts

Facing overwhelming resistance from county election supervisors in a busy election year, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is expected to suspend all efforts in 2014 to comb the Florida voter rolls of suspected non-citizens.

Scott's chief elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, held conference calls with supervisors Thursday, during which he said the state is reluctant to move forward due until it can evaluate new changes to a federal homeland security database, known as SAVE.

Detzner promised a final decision later Thursday. "This process," he said, "causes me some concern in terms of being able to implement a program with credibility and reliability, such that it would not affect or distract supervisors."

Detzner sought input from supervisors on the suspension of purge efforts, and it wasn't long in coming.

"It is a good idea to postpone the project until we're sure we have it right," said Citrus County Supervisor Susan Gill. "The closer it gets to the election which I know you're well aware of, the more likely is it is that we'll get a lot of criticism."

 

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