DOJ says they'll sue Florida over voting purge issue- after Scott says he'll sue the feds

The letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez to Detzner cites that 90-day rule.

Perez writes :

As one would expect with a new program that has not previously been tested against real-world information, your program has critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters. Especially where the program is based on information collected sometimes years ago from driver's license applications, the information is often going to be outdated, as a member of persons will subsequently have become citizens and lawfully registered to vote. Your data appears to be faulty in other ways that have resulted in native-born citizens, including a decorate World War II combat veteran, being sent letters demanding that they affirmatively prove their citizenship. We are aware that one county election supervisor who reviewed a state-provided list of over one thousand potentially ineligible voters determine that the list had a significant error rate, and that she advised you that further use of the list would "potentially disenfranchise eligible voters based on an inaccurate list."

He then goes on to state that continuing with the purge violates Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)

Perez adds that the state has provided no information to indicate that the purge was cleared under Section 5 by the Attorney General or the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia.

Section 5 dictates that in five different counties in Florida (including Hillsborough) any election changes must be vetted by the DOJ before moving forward.

Perez also says that the government has not been denying access to the SAVE Program (which stands for Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program). Perez writes that "Florida has been on notice for at least eight months that the SAVE program can verify naturalized and derived U.S. citizens only if Florida provided the appropriate numeric identifiers, and where necessary, the underlying documentation. But Florida has failed either to provide the necessary information to DHS, or confirm that the necessary information would be available for verification purposes under the SAVE Program. As a result, the significant problems you are encountering in administering this new program are of your own creation."

Oh boy. It is, as they say, on. Big time.

To be continued.

After threatening each other for days, Governor Scott told a Fox News interviewer this afternoon that Florida would sue the federal government to gain access to that Department of Homeland Security database that Scott says will insure an accurate list of non-citizens that the state can remove from the voting rolls.

A short time later, the Department of Justice wrote a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner saying they would sue Florida for violating the Voting Rights Act in pursuing such a purge within 90 days of an election.

First check out the guv:


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