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Dueling lawsuits in voter purge: DOJ to sue Gov. Rick Scott admin

by Dara Kam | June 11th, 2012

The Department of Justice will sue Gov. Rick Scott’s administration over a controversial non-citizen voter purge, the federal agency told Scott’s administration the same day the governor filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez ordered Secretary of State Ken Detzner to “immediately cease this unlawful conduct,” blaming Scott’s administration for the problematic purge.

“Because the State has indicated its unwillingness to comply with these requirements, I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in federal court.”

Perez’s 0611 DOJTODETZNERfive-page letter came in response to a missive from Detzner last week accusing President Obama’s administration of conspiring to keep Florida from cleansing its voter rolls. Perez flatly denied it.

“In short, your claim that the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security have worked in concert to deny Florida access to the SAVE Program is simply wrong,” he wrote.

The SAVE database won’t work by simply matching the names and dates of birth of potential non-citizens. That’s what the Florida Department of State did with driver license and voter registration records to create a list of more than 180,000 voter flagged as potentially inelgible to cast their ballots. Many of those on the error-riddled list turned out to be naturalized citizens, and others were born in the U.S.

Scott used the purge to pump up tea party supporters at a rally in Tallahassee yesterday.

Scott has repeatedly blamed the problematic list on DHS, which failed to give Florida permission to access the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, or “SAVE,” program that has more complete immigration data.

But Perez blamed Scott’s administration for the scrub flub.

“By your own admission, Florida has been on notice for at least eight months that the SAVE Program can verify naturalized and derived United States citizens only if Florida provided the appropriate numeric identifiers, and where necessary, the underlying documentation. But Florida has failed to either to provide the necessary information to DHS, or to confirm that the necessary information would be available for verification purposes under the SAVE Program,” Perez wrote. “As a result, the significant problems you are encountering in administering this new program are of your own creation.”

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14 Responses to “Dueling lawsuits in voter purge: DOJ to sue Gov. Rick Scott admin”

  1. Bob Says:

    Got to love it when one bureaucracy gets bogged down by another.
    Loved this part.

    “or to confirm that the necessary information would be available for verification purposes under the SAVE Program”

    What procedure would that be? A valid reason maybe? Maybe purging voter rolls was not a valid reason for the DHS to allow access.

    The entire situation from both sides is ludicrous. Its all about an election.

  2. Educator Says:

    Nobama needs the illegal aliens to continue to vote for him in order to stay in power. That is all this is about, nothing more. The Constitution means nothing to him and his fellow socialists.

  3. Tea Lady Says:

    This is clearly a matter of States’ Rights!!

    The State of Florida has a legitimate interest in ensuring that ALL people on the voter rolls have a legal right to vote! The federal government should therefore stay out!

    And more importantly, why does the federal government want to impede the ability of the State of Florida to verify that all voters are indeed eligible? What possible reason could the federal government provide.

    Our elected leaders should remember Wisconsin. The voters there enthusiastically upheld Tea Party values! Those elected leaders who do not understand this may lose their jobs in the next election! ={


    The DOJ letter is a Must-Read, it absolutely obliterates Rick Scott’s pathetic argument. Read it:

    @Tea Lady:

    “The State of Florida has a legitimate interest in ensuring that ALL people on the voter rolls have a legal right to vote! The federal government should therefore stay out!”

    Ummmm. Omg. Are you joking? It’s a Federal right to vote. By virtue of the Constitution.

    “This is clearly a matter of States’ Rights!!”

    LOLOL! I guess you’ve never heard of the Supremacy Clause.

    “”"Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, known as the Supremacy Clause, establishes the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Treaties, and laws made pursuant to the U.S. Constitution, shall be “the supreme law of the land.” The text decrees these to be the highest form of law in the U.S. legal system, and mandates that all state judges must follow federal law when a conflict arises between federal law and either the state constitution or state law of any state. (Note that the word “shall” is used, which makes it a necessity, a compulsion.)”"”


    You’re really embarrassing yourself Tea Lady. Learn the basics, seriously.

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  6. Dee Says:

    Typical of the Repugthethugs. They tried this before and it worked with that scumbag Harris. Don’t let them do this again. They will do anything to win as we know what a cheating thief Rich Scott is and his 76 million to ensure he won. HYPOCRITES so worried about their bill of rights. POS Rethugs.

  7. bob Says:

    So i guess taking donations online through anonymous sources, raising 100s of millions and catering to the 1%ers for $40kthe a plate dinners to win for Obama is perfectly acceptable. While the GOP is filled with corruption so is the Dem Party. Liberals can never admit that. Pure hypocrisy

  8. sandl215 Says:

    Tealady…..go drink your tea!!!!!!!

    The constitution…..the very same constitution that bush wanted to CHANGE to suit the repukes…..OMG, OMG, OMG how I hate them…….

  9. Dee Says:

    @bob. The majority of the online doners are the 98% not the rich pigs like Koch brothers, and Carl Rove. Not to mention the other scumbag Glenn Beck. Let’s not forget the witch Ann Poltergeist.

  10. STOP THE PURGE Says:


    Dee is absolutely right. And talkj about hypocrisy, which party has repeatedly tried to force disclosure of money in politics? Which party opposed Citizens United? Which party wants a Constitutional Amendment banning money in politics?

    The Democrats.

    Now, which party has voted down disclosure on multiple occasions, including as recently as last week? Which party was responsible for the Citizens United case, which was designed to overturn campaign finance laws? Which party cheered that SCOTUS outcome? Which party’s president appointed the SCOTUS justices that made up the majority opinion? Which party has lawyers constantly trying to undermine campaign finance rules in court? Which party’s presidential candidate in the year 2012 has said that he would eliminate ALL campaign finance rules?

    The Ayn Rand “Death to America” Party aka the GOP.

  11. Noemi Cano-Alicea Says:

    As an American citizen born on the island of Puerto Rico, I am bracing myself for problems at my polling place. My driver license renewed this year. DMV was provided with both my birth certificate and marriage records. As I scrutinized my renewed license I noticed a number of differences, now mind you I have been a licensed driver for over 40 yrs and have never made changes to said document. Well low and behold on this renewal my name has changed, and my license number as well. The license number that I was originally issued no longer exists, and my name has gone from Noemi Cano-Alicea to Noemi Alicea. Now it is my understanding that your name on the voter rolls and the name on your license or verifying picture ID must match exactly, I see problem. So for those who think it is to weed out non-citizens and not disenfranchise eligible voter, keep your rose colored glasses on I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you!

  12. STOP THE PURGE Says:


    There is a website where you can check your voter registration status in under a minute simply by submitting your name and date of birth. Here it is:

    Best of luck with your situation.

  13. Metal Rules Says:

    It’s only controversial because the current administration is avoiding the disqualification and removal of ineligable voters. It also has a coplete and total disregard for American citizens. This is done with nothing but thought of and for, political gain. In a nutshell, this administration sucks.

  14. Ms Vicky Says:

    @ Tea Lady, You make mention of “States’ Rights” frequently. Do you have ANY idea what States’ Rights really means, and what it has come to stand for? Check your history. LOOK IT UP… and be rightfully ASHAMED of yourself!

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