Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Florida Voter Purge

MIAMI, Florida -- U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch ruled in favor of Florida's voter purge in the case of Arcia v. Detzner today. 

"We're very pleased another federal court has ruled that Florida's efforts to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls are lawful and in the best interest of Florida voters," said Florida Department of State Secretary Ken Detzner in a statement.  "Ensuring ineligible voters can’t cast a ballot is a fundamental aspect of conducting fair elections.  The Florida Department of State has an obligation to ensure Florida's voter rolls are current and accurate, which means removing ineligible voters when they are identified." 

"Certainly, the NVRA does not require the State to idle on the sidelines until a non-citizen violates the law before the State can act.  And surely the NVRA does not require the State to wait until after that critical juncture—when the vote has been cast and the harm has been fully realized—to address what it views as nothing short of 'voter fraud,' " Judge Zloch reasoned in his ruling.  "The Court finds that the Secretary has a compelling interest in ensuring that the voting rights of citizens are not diluted by the casting of votes by non-citizens."

Florida is a toss-up battleground state that could determine the final outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election where President Barack Obama narrowly leads Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 47.8% to 45.8% in a Real Clear Politics average of recent polls conducted in the Sunshine State.


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