Florida’s latest effort to purge noncitizens from the voting rolls comes to Sarasota today. Secretary of State Ken Detzner will meet with area elections supervisors and local citizens to talk about “Project Integrity,” which is aimed at identifying and removing ineligible voters from the rolls. The two-hour meeting will be hosted by Sarasota Elections Supervisor Kathy Dent. Project Integrity follows a controversial effort by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to purge noncitizens from the voter rolls before the 2012 elections. But that move was widely condemned and proved highly ineffective.
In hearings in Panama City and Jacksonville last week, Detzner pledged the new purge effort will be more methodical, with the state providing documentation on each voter whose status is in doubt. But ultimately it will be up to the local elections supervisors to decide whether to remove the voters from the rolls.
“Through transparency and the statutory due process protection afforded to every voter, we can ensure the continued integrity of our voter rolls while protecting the voting rights of eligible voters from those who may cast an illegal vote,” Detzner said last month in announcing the hearings in five cities, which will conclude Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale.
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