This saga began months ago when Florida started reviewing voter rolls in an attempt to identify non-citizens on those lists and purge them from the rolls. Among other things, Florida sought access to a Department of Homeland Security data base that would assist in this process. Not only was Florida denied such access, but Attorney General Eric Holder filed suit against the state seeking to block any purging of the rolls.
This suit was filed on June 12, and June 27, Federal District Court Judge Robert Hinkle, a Clinton appointee, issued his opinion.
Hinkle in ruling from the bench said federal laws are designed to block states from removing eligible voters close to an election. He said they are not designed to block voters who should have never been allowed to cast ballots in the first place…’People need to know we are running an honest election,’ said Hinkle…
With that ruling behind them, Florida began pressing again for access to the Homeland Security data base information. Saturday, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott announced that,
[t]he federal government has granted Florida election officials access to a database of noncitizen residents for use in Republican-backed efforts to remove people who are not American citizens from voter registration rolls. [emphasis supplied]
I supply the emphasis because the quote is taken from an article in the New York Times.
One would think that preserving the integrity of our voting process would be a fundamental objective of all Americans, not just Republicans.
Apparently our Attorney General and the New York Times believe otherwise.