Is Florida’s voter purge ‘all but over’?


Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is pushing a controversial voter-purge scheme, ostensibly trying to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls, but the effort has relied on bad data and had the effect of targeting thousands of eligible citizens. The Justice Department wants the purge to stop; Scott doesn’t care.

But on the ground, the decision isn’t going to be made by Scott or the DOJ; it’s going to be made by county elections supervisors. As Rachel explained this week, Scott can send purge lists to the counties, but it’s up to the county officials “to actually do the purging … and lately the county officials in Florida are not much in a mood for what the state is telling them to do.”

As of yesterday, county election chiefs delivered a straightforward answer to the governor: No.

Florida’s noncitizen voter purge looks like it’s all but over. The 67 county elections supervisors – who have final say over voter purges – are not moving forward with the purge for now because nearly all of them don’t trust the accuracy of a list of nearly 2,700 potential noncitizens identified by the state’s elections office. […]

“We’re just not going to do this,” said Leon County’s elections supervisor, Ion Sancho, one of the most outspoken of his peers. “I’ve talked to many of the other supervisors and they agree. The list is bad. And this is illegal.”

The Scott administration hasn’t given up, but the purge agenda appears to be in deep trouble, whether the Justice Department brings Florida to court or not.

If you missed Wednesday’s segment, including an interview with a Republican country elections supervisor opposed to Scott’s scheme, it’s well worth watching.

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Is Florida's voter purge 'all but over'?