Civil Rights Groups Taking Florida to Court over Voter Review
Another lawsuit will be filed against the state’s effort to clean non-U.S. citizens from the list of registered voters.
Four voting and civil rights groups -- Fair Elections Legal Network, Project Vote, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Advancement Project -- released a statement Monday that they will hold a media conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to announce the lawsuit.
“The lawsuit will seek statewide protection for eligible voters from being purged from the voter rolls,” a release from the groups stated.
The ACLU of Florida has already filed a lawsuit in federal court in Tampa on behalf of two of the 2,600 names sent by the state to county supervisors to check -- Murat Limage, a Haitian-American U.S. citizen, and Pamela Gomez, a Dominican-American Hispanic U.S. citizen.
The U.S. Department of Justice has also taken Florida to court, reiterating its demand for the state to “immediately cease” the ongoing review of voters. The review violates federal law, being undertaken within 90 days of an election, according to the DOJ.
Meanwhile, Florida has taken the Obama administration to court to gain access to the Homeland Security database the governor’s office has requested since September. The state claims it has tried in vain to get DHS's help in finding noncitizens among Florida’s registered voters.