Democrats ask Fla. Gov. to block voter purge

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-26 05:15:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two Democratic members of Congress are asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call off plans to restart a voter purge.

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings on Thursday wrote the Republican governor. They said that last year's effort to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls was flawed.

A federal judge this week lifted an order that had halted state efforts.

State officials came under fire because some of the voters targeted last year for removal were U.S. citizens. Some voters, however, did admit they were not citizens.

The representatives in their letter to Scott urged the state to review its procedures before resuming its efforts.

State officials say they can now accurately identify illegally registered voters because they have access to a national immigration database.