Florida governor Rick Scott's urgent desire to purge voters from Florida's voting rolls has crashed headlong into the federal bureaucracy as well as the Deparatment of Justice. It's a complicated story. But it comes down to delays on the part of Florida's own bureaucrats as well as a federal department with its own formalities, delays that frustrate a state governor of dubious rectitude.
Officials within Florida are standing up to Scott's bullying.
Most of the election supervisors in Florida are opposed to the state’s voter purge initiative and have said they won’t follow through on it.
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, for instance, has refused to contact any of the 115 suspected non-citizens in her county after observing that some of their interactions with the DMV dated as far back as 12 years.
“We knew the information was old,” Bucher told ProPublica.
Earl Lennard, an election supervisor in Hillsborough County, said his office won’t contact any more flagged residents “without any corroboration or additional information.”
Moreover, the general counsel for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections has recommended supervisors refrain from taking any further action until the government’s lawsuit is resolved. ...Pro Publica
And the Department of Homeland Security, a federal department that oversees SAVE, the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements database, is also stonewalling.
That database provides immigration status information to federal, state and local agencies to determine eligibility for public benefits and licenses. The Department of Homeland Security, which maintains the database, has refused to turn over the data; a June 11 Justice Department letter to Florida officials claims they must first give DHS more information about residents. Florida actually sued the federal government on Monday to get the data. ...Pro Publica
There's no strong evidence of anything like a tsunami of illegal registrations to vote in Florida. On the contrary, in a state with a large percentage of immigrants, only 105 actual cases of illegal registrations have been found in a voting population of 11 million. Of those 105, only 56 have actually voted.
As someone who has lived in other countries and applied for drivers' licenses in a variety of languages and in often bewildering circumstances, I can understand that a voter registration form supplied along with a driver's license might well be seen by someone with scant understanding of English and of American law as a license -- a duty -- to vote. That only 56 followed through on it is a little surprising. And probably most of them thought they were indeed doing their duty. And who's to know who they voted for? Maybe Rick Scott?