Florida Files Suit Against DHS Over Voter Roll Purge

The big questions is, can anything be done prior to the November election on this lawsuit? Will Florida get the information they need to purge the Florida voter rolls of those who are not legally entitled to vote?

(The Hill) Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said he will sue the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move forward with his controversial attempt to purge the voter rolls in his state of ineligible voters.

“I have a job to do to defend the right of legitimate voters,” Scott told Fox News on Monday. “We’ve been asking for the Department of Homeland Security’s database, SAVE, for months, and they haven’t given it to us. So this afternoon, we will be filing a lawsuit, the secretary of State of Florida, against the Department of Homeland Security to give us that database. We want to have fair, honest elections in our state and we have been put in a position that we have to sue the federal government to get this information.”

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner produced the lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C. district court on Monday, shortly after, along with a statement.

“For nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to meet its legal obligation to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida’s voter rolls,” Detzner said. “We can’t let the federal government delay our efforts to uphold the integrity of Florida elections any longer. We’ve filed a lawsuit to ensure the law is carried out and we are able to meet our obligation to keep the voter rolls accurate and current.”

It begs the question, why has DHS been so unresponsive? Is it just sheer incompetence? The Central Government taking a long time to get anything done, as seems typical (think about that when we’re talking about Government being in charge of your health care!)? Or politics?

Republicans argue that state voter registration rolls are filled with noncitizens and others that are ineligible to vote. Democrats argue that the GOP is trying to strip voting rights from groups that tend to vote Democratic, and that there are only a handful of cases of voter fraud of the kind the GOP seeks to root out.

Well, yes, we do want to strip the ability to vote from those who are not US citizens, and these illegal aliens would vote Democrat, as it is primarily Democrats who want to provide them with amnesty. Also, convicted felons. Consider how often Democrats have attempted to, and actually succeeded, in blocking overseas American military member from having their votes counted. Many were discarded in the last three presidential elections, which is what Democrats wanted, since the military mostly votes Republican.

Democrats constantly complain about voter fraud. Yet, when it comes to actually stopping it, they balk at measures. They’ve pitched a fit over requiring ID. But, don’t forget to bring your ID if you plan on attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. It’s required.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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