In a move that comes just months before the state could play a pivotal role in the 2012 presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that the state is violating federal law in its effort to identify and remove ineligible voters.
The state’s effort has already come under fire from local election supervisors who belong to both political parties, as well as Democratic members of Congress and voting rights groups.
Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Department of State, said state officials were still reviewing the letter, but hinted Florida may fight federal authorities.
"Bottom line is we are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot," Cate said.
Florida, at the urging of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, began looking for non-U.S. citizens on its voter rolls last year. An initial search turned up as many as 182,000 registered voters who may not be U.S. citizens.
What else can you make of this other than a continuation of desire to manipulate the vote? Why would one stop the cleaning up of voter rolls other than to maintain a way to manipulate votes?
There seems to be a vague claim that this cleaning process may be discriminatory? Well yes, against those that are not eligible to vote.
"It’s illegal under federal law and I’m going to follow the law," said Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho.
So validating voter information for accuracy and eligibility is illegal now? Well I suppose if you want to play with the numbers it might me.