Suit / Counter-suit: Eric Holder and Florida At It Again

Ken Detzner, the Florida Secretary of State filed a lawsuit in Washington, D. C. district court to get database information from the Department of Homeland Security to properly purge the Florida voter rolls of dead and illegal voters.  He also made a statement concerning the lawsuit:

“For nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to meet its legal obligation to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida’s voter rolls. We can’t let the federal government delay our efforts to uphold the integrity of Florida elections any longer. We’ve filed a lawsuit to ensure the law is carried out and we are able to meet our obligation to keep the voter rolls accurate and current.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott said, “I have a job to do to defend the right of legitimate voters. We’ve been asking for the Department of Homeland Security’s database, SAVE, for months, and they haven’t given it to us. So, we will be filing a lawsuit, the secretary of State of Florida, against the Department of Homeland Security to give us that database. We want to have fair, honest elections in our state and we have been put in a position that we have to sue the federal government to get this information.”

“We have done all that we can in trying to reason with people in Florida,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington. “We are now prepared to go to court.”

A day later, the Justice Department filed their own lawsuit attempting to block the purge.

Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, sent a letter in response to Ken Detzner stating, “I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in Federal Court.”

“One of Congress’s concerns in enacting the protections of the VRA and NVRA, and one of the Department’s concerns in enforcing federal law as enacted by Congress, is ensuring that state efforts to find and purge ineligible persons from voter registration lists do not endanger the ability of eligible U.S. citizens to register to vote and maintain their voter registration status.”

According to a statement by Perez, the violation occurred because Florida used “inaccurate and unreliable” voter verification procedures.

The obvious issue Mr. Perez failed to address is why the DHS has failed to provide the necessary database so that the procedures would be accurate and reliable. This was the whole reason for why Florida filed suit. Instead of providing the necessary access to Florida, the Obama DOJ simply ordered Florida to stop purging rolls.

It seems the Obama administration is constantly failing to provide information that is requested of it, whether it be documents on Fast and Furious or a database so that a state can properly purge its voter rolls.


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