Tonight the Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordering the state to stop Rick Scott's voter purge because the process hasn't been cleared under the Voting Rights Act.
DOJ also said that Florida’s voter roll purge violated the National Voter Registration Act, which stipulates that voter roll maintenance should have ceased 90 days before an election, which given Florida’s August 14 primary, meant May 16.
Five of Florida’s counties are subject to the Voting Rights Act, but the state never sought permission from either the Justice Department or a federal court to implement its voter roll maintenance program. Florida officials said they were trying to remove non-citizens from the voting rolls, but a flawed process led to several U.S. citizens being asked to prove their citizenship status or be kicked off the rolls.
That's two big losses in one day for Rick Scott, and two big wins for Florida voters and Democracy. Earlier today U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle struck down a provision of the Republicans and Scott's controversial Florida voter suppression law.
After Judge Hinkle's ruling Scott said he would review other options on those provisions.