Gov. Scott: Pulling Noncitizens From Voter Rolls 'No Purge'

Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 07:40 AM

By Greg McDonald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is defending his efforts to strike noncitizens from the voter rolls in the state, claiming it was wrong for the Justice Department to interfere in an attempt to stop the effort.
 “There’s no purge,” Scott told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday.  “What we’re trying to make sure is Americans have a right to vote.”
Scott said his efforts have already found evidence of at least 100 noncitizens registered to vote, and he insisted that those registrations are diluting the votes of legal state residents.
“It’s illegal for someone not a citizen of this country to vote,” he said. “It’s a crime.”
So far, Scott’s administration has ignored orders from the Justice Department to cease its purge of voter rolls.
But at least 65 of the state’s 67 counties have complied with the order, according to the Miami Herald, which reported Wednesday that some of the noncitizens rooted out by the purge in two counties may actually be legal voters.
The Justice Department, meanwhile has sued the state, charging that the purge is a violation of at least two voting rights laws.
In response, the Scott administration has countersued the Department of Homeland Security in an effort, he says, to obtain more up to date citizen information from its federal database that could help identify illegal Florida voters.
Scott told Van Susteren the state asked for the information a year ago, but Homeland Security “stalled” in its response.
As a result, he said the state turned to its own motor vehicle database of information, which many county elections officials say is far too outdated to be reliable.
“By federal law, we have a right to the database. It’s supposed to be able to be used for voter registration,” he said.
The Miami Herald reported the Scott administration initially identified some 2,700 possible non-citizens using the vehicle registrations.
The newspaper said the number raised concerns among county elections officials because the list “disproportionately contained the names of actual citizens legally entitled to vote and incidentally happened to target more minorities than non-Hispanic whites and Republicans.”
But Scott brushed aside questions about the accuracy of the list by saying that anyone identified as a noncitizen would get an opportunity to prove their legal voting status.
He also refuted Democratic criticism that he’s trying to dissuade legal immigrant and minority voters from casting ballots in the elections this year.
“This is not a partisan issue. It’s not Republican, Democrat, independent,” he told Van Susteren.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Michael Hanline Freed After 1980 Murder Conviction Overturned

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 15:34 PM

Michael Hanline, who was convicted of murder in 1980, was released on bail Monday after prosecutors said they are no lon . . .

Houston Dog Stuck in Jug for Weeks Rescued, Finds a New Home (Video)

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 14:37 PM

A family near Houston saved a 5-month-old dog that was stuck in a jug after trying for weeks to catch the stray. . . .

Heidi Montag, She of 10 Plastic Surgeries in a Day, Says No More

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 12:46 PM

Heidi Montag, the former reality star of "The Hills" who once had 10 plastic surgeries in a day, is promising no more su . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved