If you're one of those who are waiting for the other voter suppression shoe to drop even though Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner halted Rick Scott's most recent voter purge, this could be it:
A victory in the civil rights battle for voting was registered in Florida last week over those with an agenda to purge voters from rolls. The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruledon April 2 that when Congress declared in the National Voter Registration Act that voters’ names could not be systematically removed from rolls within 90 days of a federal election, that that’s exactly what they meant. Therefore, the voter purging program that Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner have insisted on carrying out for years is no longer valid, or at least, not so close to an election. Despite this quiet victory, there’s a good chance that purging will resume.
Since 2012, Gov. Scott and Sec. Detzner have been trying to enforce a scheme they cooked up for supposedly identifying “non-citizens” on voter rolls and then deleting them in broad swoops. If you can imagine, it’s like a police task force sweeping an entire neighborhood street corner in search of gang members, arresting everybody on the block in the process—maybe they collect one or two of their intended targets, but a bunch more innocent bystanders get caught up in the process.
This is exactly what happened when Sec. Detzner rolled the purge program out in 2012.
The article goes on to say how use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database that Detzner and Rick Scott wanted to use in their latest purge is so problematic that many states have pulled out their SAVE requests. Detzner and Scott also pulled out and halted the purge in Florida.
However, that may not be the end of it:
"I don't know why some states have been pulling out of their SAVE requests, but I think it's because many of them have realized that there's not a big problem with non-citizen voting," Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, director of voter protection for Advancement Project, told me in a conversation about purging last year. “And, also that this is not the way to solve even potential problems with that because [SAVE] is not a definitive database for that."
Still, states have been granted approval by the federal government to use them. Pennsylvania is one of the most recent states to do so. Attorneys with the state ACLU chapter said that they will be closely monitoring Pennsylvania’s use of it to make sure it’s not being weaponized as a way to unlawfully purge voters.
Judge Martin made clear in her ruling that Florida could still seek ways to ensure that ineligible voters don’t end up on the voter rolls, but only “on the basis of individualized information.” Meaning, they can’t sweep a whole block, they can only pursue certain people based off valid tips. What we hope this does not mean, is a regime of Latino Americans being “stopped and frisked” for their voting papers.
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