June 11th, 2012
07:59 PM ET

Florida, federal government battle over planned voter registry purge

After weeks of back and forth through official letters, statements, and the media, the U.S. Justice Department announced today that it is suing the state of Florida over its controversial plan to examine and purge state voter registry of non-citizens.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has stated that the goal of the plan is to cut down on voter fraud, but opponents fear it could be used to suppress the minority vote, which tends to lean Democrat.

In addition, Florida is suing the federal government back, claiming that the Department of Homeland Security is blocking access to databases that could make the process much more efficient and accurate.

All this as Florida is poised to play a crucial role as a big swing state in the upcoming presidential election. John Avlon, Reihan Salam, and Roland Martin discuss.

Filed under: Crime • Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Kevin A. Lewis

    Most of the egregious voter kick-outs have not been minority-why can't we be honest and just admit that these guys are purging voters based on how they voted in prior elections? If you voted Democrat, you're on a hit list-simple as that. Since corporate America has decided they don't need the middle class anymore, they've now got carte blanc to throw unlimited bucks into turning the U.S. into a 2nd-world sharecropper ecenomy, so we can expect a lot more of this. Obama needs to stop being so polite to the Republicans and call this mess what it is-mass systemic subversion.......

    June 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  2. Truth

    Another Kennedy scandal and of course everyone blames the "alcoholic crazy wives or dead girlfriends ..."
    How many already?

    June 12, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
  3. Truth

    The State of Florida, where I live, is absolutely doing the right thing trying hard to purge the non-citizen voters using false voters registration ID's or using someone else's card i.e. deceased persons
    Your segment was bias and intrusive in our estate issues. I know how pervasive an issue illegal immigration is for us.
    Democrats want the vote fraud to continue, they sponsor it, they benefit from it and the whole lie is perpetuated by superficial, distorted and bias programs and guests such as yours.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply

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