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The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida blasted the effort by Gov. Rick Scott to revive the voter-purge program the state sought to put in place before the 2012 elections.
The Florida Department of State is conducting roundtables to promote what the Scott administration calls “Project Integrity.”
“True integrity in our elections would involve solving the real problems in our election system ... not requiring naturalized citizens to jump through more hoops in the name of battling the phantom of voter fraud,” ACLU of Florida Mid-Florida Regional Director Joyce Hamilton-Henry said.
“Last year we saw the dangers of using flawed data to purge registered voters: many of the people who received letters telling them they would be removed from the voter rolls were in fact eligible citizens,” she said.
The state of Florida recently acknowledged that the purge program failed to find non-citizens that are registered as voters.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner admitted that the purge system could and should “have been done better.”
The apology is an attempt by the Scott administration to calm the criticism of the program and regain the confidence of Florida voters and officials.
But the ACLU called the Scott administration’s actions on this matter “embarrassing,” and it expressed its determination to “continue to press Secretary Detzner and the Scott Administration to end the attacks on voting rights and ensure that every eligible Floridian is able to participate in our democracy.”