Holder’s DOJ Halts Florida Effort to Remove Ineligible Voters from Rolls – Obama Can’t Win Florida w/o Voter Fraud!

Via Fox News
Kasey’s Note:  The hypocrisy of the left is astounding.  Democrats say Requiring Photo ID is Voter Suppression; yet For Massachusetts Democrats….No Entry to Convention Without Photo ID. Even better – Unions Also Require Photo ID to Vote.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla –  Federal authorities  are demanding that Florida halt its push to remove ineligible voters from the  voter rolls.

In a move that comes just months before the state could play a pivotal role  in the 2012 presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that  the state is violating federal law in its effort to identify and remove  ineligible voters.

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The state’s effort has already come under fire from local election  supervisors who belong to both political parties, as well as Democratic members  of Congress and voting rights groups.

Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Department of State, said state  officials were still reviewing the letter, but hinted Florida may fight federal  authorities.

“Bottom line is we are firmly committed to doing the right thing and  preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot,” Cate said.

Florida, at the urging of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, began looking for  non-U.S. citizens on its voter rolls last year. An initial search turned up as  many as 182,000 registered voters who may not be U.S. citizens.

Earlier this year state officials sent to local election officials a much  smaller list of more than 2,600 voters and asked supervisors to start the  process to remove them from the rolls.

Supervisors, however, have loudly questioned the accuracy of the list, with  one GOP supervisor going on Twitter to show the picture of a U.S. passport of  one voter found on the list. Earlier this week two Democratic members of  Congress held a press conference with a World War II veteran whose citizenship  had been questioned.

Federal officials said that the procedures the state is using to identify  non-U.S. citizens has not been reviewed to make sure they are not  discriminatory. Florida must get approval for changes in voting procedures  because five counties are still covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

T. Christian Herren, chief of the voting section of the civil rights  division, also said that removing voters from the rolls less than 90 days before  a federal election also appears to violate federal law. Florida’s primary  election is Aug. 14.

Herren’s letter gives Florida until June 6 to tell federal authorities  whether they plan to halt the purge.

Voting rights groups who had called on the U.S. Department of Justice to  intervene praised the decision.

“We commend the attorney general of the United States Eric Holder for  ensuring that the right to vote, the fundamental pillar of our democracy is  protected for all American citizens,” said Advancement Project co-director Penda  Hair in a statement.

The intervention of the U.S. Department of Justice came the same day that  Florida officials were trying to get another federal agency to help the state  verify the citizenship status of thousands of voters.

Secretary of State Kent Detzner wants the U.S. Department of Homeland  Security to let Florida have access to an immigration database maintained by the  federal government.

“I hope you will understand the importance of making sure the vote of an  eligible voter is not diminished by the vote of ineligible voter and provide my  department the access it needs,” Detzner wrote to Secretary Janet  Napolitano.

A Department of Homeland Security official said Thursday that the federal  agency is aware of Florida’s request but that there a “number of legal and  operational challenges” to granting the state access.

Detzner in his letter said that while Florida’s initial list was “credible  and reliable” he acknowledged that his department’s ability to “validate a  person’s legal status as up to date was limited.” The first list was drawn by  comparing driver’s licenses to voter registration lists. The Department of  Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles initially planned to double-check its  information with the federal database but has since been told that is not  permitted.

Even without access to the federal database Cate had said the state is likely  to circulate additional names to election supervisors in the weeks ahead.

But some election supervisors are already saying that they will ignore any  additional names given to them by the Florida Department of State.

“It’s illegal under federal law and I’m going to follow the law,” said Leon  County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho.

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