Activists urge Scott to drop voter roll reviewby John Kennedy | September 10th, 2013
Voter rights organizations Tuesday urged Gov. Rick Scott to drop his latest attempt to remove noncitizens from Florida voter rolls, repeating their allegation that the database being used is flawed.
Scott in August ordered Secretary of State Ken Detzner to renew scrutiny of state voter rolls after the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this summer overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act, freeing Florida and most southern states of federal oversight of their election laws.
Scott intends to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAVE list — the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements — list to conduct the review. Many county election supervisors said they have concerns about the accuracy of the database, saying it may not accurately reflect the voting elibility of many recent immigrants.
The Advancement Project, Florida New Majority and several immigrant rights associations are urging supervisors to refuse the state’s push for a review. They say the state’s effort could add new burdens mostly to minorities forced to present documents proving their eligibility to vote.
“Once (voting rights) are earned, people should not have to re-earn it over and over again,” said Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Immigration Coalition, who said the review is politically motivated.