The U.S. Department of Justice sent subpoenas to nine of Florida’s county election supervisors, demanding extensive information as to how the counties may have sought to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls. The information must be provided by Wednesday, Aug. 15 — the day after next week’s statewide primary election. The biggest county, Miami-Dade, had the most potential noncitizens identified. But, the county says, it only removed about 13 people who affirmed in writing or on the phone that they were noncitizens.
The July 30 subpoenas were issued as part of a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee in which the Justice Department has argued that any removals less than 90 days before a statewide election are in violation of federal law. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle denied the federal government’s request for an injunction in June after a hearing at which the state said all voter purge efforts have been suspended. In addition to Miami-Dade, the eight counties ordered to produce records are Pinellas, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Collier, Lee, and Bay.