His Secretary of State Ken Detzner says it's because the state wants to be "very careful."
"It's individuals' names on there, and I want to make sure that people are treated respectfully. I want to be abundantly cautious about that."Detzner says that he's asked Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi (who wants to make sure that only the "proper" people are voting) for a ruling on whether or not the list is public information and should be released. His concern for treating these individuals respectfully might come as a surprise to the people who were on the original purge list targeting 2,625 potential non-citizens. For example, Bill Internicola, the 91-year-old World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient targeted, probably doesn't feel respected by his state.
The rampant problems with that initial list is undoubtedly behind the state's refusal to make this list public. It makes for bad press. And lawsuits. And pissed off elections supervisors. All of those factors make an actual massive purge less likely, but if Scott and Detzner can figure out any way to do it secretly, you can bet they will.