The state recently released a list of registered voters in Florida, including some in Polk County, that it says are non-U.S. citizens and therefore ineligible to vote. Not so fast, says Polk Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. Nearly half the people on Polk’s part of the list do appear to be citizens. Workers in her office have examined registration records from the 21 Polk residents on the list, and nine appear to be citizens, leaving 12 as questionable. Statewide, a list of 2,600 names was sent to election supervisors. Three of those Polk residents flagged by the State Division of Elections had listed their place of birth as Puerto Rico. That string of islands is a U.S. protectorate, so people born there are U.S. citizens. Most of the 21 Polk residents flagged by the state have Hispanics names.
The information compiled by state election workers came from voter registration rolls and data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The problem, Edwards said, “is the data from the state is not dependable.”
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