The presidential elections are just a few months away and it’s almost time for Floridians to make their decision. But 180,000 voters may not get to weigh in as Gov. Rick Scott is pushing to purge the state’s voter rolls. In the words of Gov. Scott, “people lie” about having citizenship when they register to vote, which is why he has signed off on a massive review of the voting rolls. In a new letter, Democratic members of Florida’s congressional delegation are asking Scott to stop the review before it turns into what they call a “purge” of legal voters.
Progressive activist Damien Filer thinks the Republican governor may be playing politics ahead of a major election. “What they’re doing is out of compliance with the national Voting Rights Act,” he said. “They’re not allowed to be doing this kind of thing this close to an election. They’re not allowed to target particular subsets within the voting electorate, which this clearly appears to be doing.”
The voters being flagged are overwhelmingly minorities, who tend to vote Democratic. So far county election officials have found many of them are legal citizens entitled to vote, but that’s not stopping the Florida Department of State from expanding its review.