Florida vs The Feds

11 06 2012

I’m finally back!!!

Today has consisted of Gov. Rick Scott and the federal government announcing that they are suing each other over the “controversial” effort to purge the voter rolls of non-U.S. citizens.

This all started earlier today when  Scott announced that he will sue the Department of Homeland Security for not giving him access to their database to find out which people are not citizens, but on the voter rolls.

Scott said, “I have a job to do to defend the right of legitimate voters.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.”

Soon after Scott’s announcement, the Department of Justice responded by saying that they are suing Florida to get them to stop the purge. The DOJ said that the purge violates the federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.

Scott responded to this by saying that the federal government is breaking the law by denying Florida the access to its database.

I personally do not know enough about what Florida is doing or about the laws that they are supposedly breaking to fully make an opinion, but this will be very interesting to watch play out. I will be doing a lot more research on this, so look forward to follow-up post about this.

Feel free to comment with what you think about this issue, and here are my sources:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/11/florida-sues-dhs-over-access-to-voter-citizenship-records/

http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/232099-florida-governor-to-sue-dhs-in-voter-registration-battle

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2 responses

11 06 2012
drugsandotherthings

Ah yes. Small government. Except when the states want something from the feds. And in this case- something completely unrelated to the mission of the federal agency they are asking, no, demanding work from.

And rather rionic from a state where the republicans benefits greatly from an immingration policy where cubans are granted citizenship as soon as their feet touch soil.

Regardless- this is NOT the feds responsibility. Florida, if it wants to do this should damn well be spending their own time and money doing the legwork- not demanding the nation as a whole to cover the expense of what they, apparently, are incapable of doing.

12 06 2012
jandrewcole

It seems to me that you are forgetting the part about the DOJ suing Florida over what they are doing. Also, Florida is only asking for permission to use this database, not asking the federal government to do all of the work for them. Cubans are not just magically granted citizenship by stepping on American soil.
Regarding your argument that it is not the feds responsibility, that is exactly what Florida is arguing as well. They are trying to do this themselves, but the federal government is standing in their way of what they are trying to do.

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