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June 4th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Florida's Rep. Deutch: Vigilance needed on voter purge

The Justice Department has set a Wednesday deadline for Florida officials to respond to a letter about the state's controversial voter purge. Federal officials wrote that it appears the state might be in violation of federal voter protection laws.

The purge was put in place after Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, asked the state to identify non-U.S. citizens who had registered to vote illegally. Officials, so far, have identified about 2,600 voters as suspicious using information from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. What's still unclear is how many of those identified are unable to vote.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), one of the key opponents of the purge, talks with Soledad about the Justice Department's inquiry, and explains how this could disenfranchise thousands of voters in the presidential election.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics • Voter purge
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  1. Rita Fuchs

    I am truly offended by Gov. Scott's attempt to go ahead and purge voters from this years election. Kudos to the states 67 supervisors, Republicans and Democrates alike to suspending this pruge.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply

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