DECEMBER 11, 2014
Robert Popper, Judicial Watch’s Senior Attorney, details a federal appeals panel’s decision claiming federal law prevents Florida from removing non-citizens from its voter rolls 90 days before a federal election. In fact, Florida’s Secretary of State refused to appeal this ruling. Previously, the Department of Justice sued Florida for pursuing a voter roll-cleaning program in 2012, claiming the program’s procedures were inaccurately identifying non-citizens. Read more about Judicial Watch’s efforts to counter voter fraud through its Election Integrity Project here.
This quote, from the end of the article, greatly summarizes how the federal government is undermining Florida’s right to advance election integrity:
The panel’s decision distorts the meaning of the NVRA and impairs its effectiveness, at the very time when we need that statute to work. An appeal would have an excellent chance of prevailing. It would be a terrible shame, amounting to a dereliction of duty, if Florida fails to appeal now.