JUNE 12, 2012 / BY ARISHA HATCH Florida's voter purge leads to competing lawsuits

Last week, we told you about Gov. Rick Scott's appalling voter purge in Florida. In a state that George W. Bush "won" by only 573 votes in 2000, Scott is trying to purge 180,000 voters, 87% of whom are people of color. Under this new mandate, voters who don't prove their eligibility within 30 days will be automatically dropped from the voter roll -- a move that will keep thousands of eligible voters from the ballot box.

Yesterday, Scott went one step further by suing the Department of Homeland Security in order to obtain further information to conduct his illegal voter purge. The purge violates the National Voting Registration Act (NVRA), commonly called "Motor Voter," which requires that no such purges occur within 90 days of a federal election. Florida's primary is August 14th, so their "quiet period" was required to begin on May 16th. 

Yesterday, the plot thickened as the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has filed a countersuit against Florida in federal court. According to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez in a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Dentzler, "…[Florida's] program has critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters…including a decorated World War II combat veteran…"

Even members of his own party take issue with Gov. Scott's extreme actions. Sixty-seven of the elections supervisors in Florida, mostly Republicans, have refused to comply with the purge. As Fox News Anchor, Neil Cavuto, points out in the clip above, high profile Florida Republicans -- including Senator Marco Rubio -- have been conspicuously silent about Scott's reckless purge.

If you haven't already joined our campaign to end state-sanctioned voter suppression in Florida, please add your name here: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/rickscott.