Rick Scott Continues to Seek Access to Homeland Security Database
Gov. Rick Scott said he is standing up for the citizens of Florida as he will continue to pursue the U.S. Homeland Security SAVE database to better find noncitizens listed among Florida’s registered voters.
“You don’t want your vote diluted by people who don’t have a right to vote,” Scott said Friday during an interview with 92.5 FM FOX in Fort Myers.
“I’m going to stand up for the rights of citizens of Florida,” he added.
“I’m going to continue to demand Homeland Security give us the database. When we find criminal evidence that somebody has a right to vote, I’m going to give it to the supervisors of elections. It’s their job. They’re independent; it’s their job to make sure the voting rolls are accurate.”
The state has given the Department of Justice until Monday to answer questions on the legality of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security having for months kept the state from accessing a database requested to help check the voter rolls for noncitizens.
The DOJ has claimed the effort may violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act -- requiring federal preclearance before undertaking any changes in Monroe, Hillsborough, Collier, Hardee and Hendry counties, which have past experience with minority-voting problems -- and that because of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, time has run out for the review before the 2012 elections.
Because of the exchange, the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections on June 1 advised supervisors to put the review on hold.
“You only want people that are entitled to vote,” Scott said Friday. “Races are often won by a few votes -- often.”