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Gov. Scott on state gaining access to SAVE database: Right to vote is sacred

(CNN) –– Florida election officials will have access to a federal law enforcement database to challenge the eligibility of a person to vote as part of its effort to purge non-citizens from its voting rolls, state officials said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow state officials access to the SAVE - Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements - database in an agreement that was announced Saturday by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Florida Department of State.

The announcement follows weeks of legal wrangling between the federal and state officials, a fight being closely watched in Colorado, Nevada, Michigan and North Carolina - states that could ultimately swing November's presidential election - where officials are advocating for similar access.

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) explains that the move will ensure that only American citizens are offered the right to vote.

"Their database will allow us to make sure that in future elections, you know, non-U.S. citizens aren't going to vote," Gov. Scott says. "I'm really very appreciative the federal government is cooperating with this, and it will allow us to go through a logical process to make sure non-citizens aren't voting."

"The right on vote is a sacred right," Gov. Scott adds. "We have to make sure U.S. citizens' right on vote is not diluted."


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