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: