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    This point has not been emphasized enough: FL government had this purge list ready a year ago and just sprung it on election supervisors in the last couple of weeks. And they said they have more voter names to release closer to the election that may be ineligible to vote.
    They won't have time to contest.

    Here are my comments from exatc's diary:

    State had voters list a year before distribution.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced she has halted processing the list of potential noncitizen voters distributed to Supervisors of Elections by the Division of Elections.

    “The accuracy of the voter registration database is of the utmost importance,” Clark said, “and we will continue our efforts to ensure the information is current. However, we will not use unreliable data.”

    Clark and other Supervisors questioned not only the accuracy of the information, but also the timing after learning that the state had the list of voters more than a year prior to distributing it.

    I share a birthday with John Lennon.

    by peacestpete on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:34:41 PM EDT

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     FL County officials to halt controversial vote... (0+ / 0-)
    purge, according to Buzz at Tampa Bay Times:

    Here's the lede:

    In light of the federal government's objections and a potentially flawed set of data, Florida's elections supervisors will stop using the error-prone list to purge non-citizens from the voting rolls, supervisors of elections officials said Friday.
    "My advice under these circumstances, and based upon the previous issues that have been presented concerning the list, as well as the fact that the Department has indicated its intent to take further action to review its list to determine its validity, I recommend that Supervisors of Elections cease any further action until the issues raised by the Department of Justice are resolved between the parties or by a Court,'' wrote Ron Labasky, general counsel for Florida Association of Supervisors of Election. Download 2012.06.01_-_Legal_Update_to_Supervisors

    Here's another segment:

    The Department of State used a formula to determine that an estimated 180,000 voters were wrongly on the voter rolls, Labasky said, and flagged at least 2,700 potential noncitizens among them. The state then asked county elections supervisors to verify the list and remove those who are ineligible but county officials found the list was filed with inaccuracies, including listing many eligible voters as non-citizens.
    About 58% of those flagged as potential noncitizens are Hispanics, Florida’s largest ethnic immigrant population, a Miami Herald analysis found. Hispanics make up 13 percent of the overall 11.3 million active registered voters.

    "Ultimately, it's their call to make,'' said Chris Cate, spokesman for the Department of State said of the supervisors' decision. "We would encourage them, if they believe they have reliable information that someone is an ineligible voter, those persons should be removed."

    The U.S. Department of Justice gave Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner until June 6 to respond their concerns. Cate said the department continues to believe it is operating within the law and will urge supervisors to continue to remove people from the list they deem ineligible.

    The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections referenced in my original comment is Republican, but she stated today she will not use the flawed list provided by the state.
    Now, top state Republicans are complaining that the Obama adminsistration has not provided a more updated list from the Dept. of Homeland Security's Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program.
    Presently, the state is using outdated lists from the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), which requires answering a citizenship question to obtain a license.

    Making Florida DMV Appointments

    Citizenship Status
    The first step is to indicate your citizenship status. Be aware that regardless of your status you will be required to provide the proper identification to confirm your status.
    You will select from the following:
    U.S. Citizen
    Immigrant (Resident Alien)
    Non-Immigrant (Non-Resident Alien or Visitor)

    I share a birthday with John Lennon.

    by peacestpete on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:30:19 PM PDT

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