I’m sure you know by now that Florida is in the process of purging thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of eligible voters from the rolls. A coalition of groups in that state has now filed a federal lawsuit to stop that purge from proceeding.
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the local office of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP filed a federal lawsuit in Tampa, claiming that the state Bureau of Elections is breaking the law in its ongoing purge, designed to scrub voter registration lists ahead of the state’s August congressional primary…
“Florida is flouting federal laws designed to protect voters from precisely this kind of action,” Bob Kengle, co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement issued Friday. “The right of every citizen to have their voice heard at the ballot box is being threatened. The Lawyers’ Committee will continue to tirelessly fight any effort to make full-fledged Americans second-class citizens.”
“The illegal program to purge eligible voters uses inaccurate information to remove eligible citizens from the voter rolls,” Howard Simon, executive director of ACLUFL, added in the statement. Governor Rick Scott and his administration, Simon added, “mislead Floridians by calling their illegal list purge ‘protecting citizen’s voting rights.’ This is precisely why Congress has re-enacted, and why we continue to need, the Voting Rights Act – to prevent state officials from interfering with the constitutional rights of minorities. We now look to the courts to stop the Scott administration from assaulting democracy by denying American citizens the right to vote.”
The key at this point is getting a preliminary injunction to stop the purge because the case will likely not be decided by the time the election comes around.