UPDATE: Justice Department demands Florida stop its voter purging

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Tell Florida Governor Rick Scott to comply with the Justice Department's demand to stop purging voters.

Dear Friend,

We have some big news about the ongoing Republican attempts to steal the election in Florida. The Justice Department (DOJ) just sent a letter to the Florida Secretary of State demanding the state cease the purging of its voting rolls because the process has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act.1

Our activism worked. The concerns expressed by over 100,000 CREDO Action members signing our petition were heard.

But it's not over. The DOJ has given Florida until June 6 to cease its ongoing voter purge which supposedly targets non-citizens but which we know is throwing thousands of eligible citizen voters off the rolls.2 We now need to turn up the pressure on Florida Governor Rick Scott to immediately comply with the DOJ's request. Over 11,000 CREDO Action members in Florida have already signed our petition, and they need your help.

Tell Florida Governor Rick Scott: Comply with the Department of Justice's demand to immediately suspend your efforts to purge thousands of eligible citizens from the voter rolls. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

When Governor Scott's administration set out to purge possible non-citizen voters last month, Florida statute required the state's 67 county supervisors of elections to send out letters asking those voters to prove their eligibility to vote within 30 days.3 That window is about to close, and a recent ThinkProgress survey of several county supervisors in Florida found that "the lists of presumed non-eligible voters is riddled with errors. In large and small jurisdictions across the state, supervisors have found that a large number of the voters on the list are indeed eligible voters."4

We know from the 2000 presidential election that if voters are disenfranchised in Florida, there will be national implications. It is important to increase the pressure and media spotlight on Governor Scott's plot to disenfranchise voters.5

Republicans in Florida need to know that the entire nation is concerned about the ongoing and discriminatory voter purging effort in Florida. Calling out Governor Scott will get across the message that if he continues with his efforts to disenfranchise thousands of voters, he will be held accountable by the Department of Justice and the American people.

Tell Florida Governor Rick Scott: Comply with the Department of Justice's demand to immediately suspend your efforts to purge thousands of eligible citizens from the voter rolls. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Let's keep up the pressure.

Thank you for all you do to protect the integrity of our Democracy.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. Ryan J. Reilly, "Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls," TalkingPointsMemo.com, May 31, 2012
2. Ibid.
3. Josh Israel and Adam Peck, "NEW DATA: Elections Supervisors Throughout Florida Confirm U.S. Citizens Improperly Included In Voter Purge," ThinkProgress.com, May 31, 2012.
4. Ibid.
5. Ari Berman, "Florida GOP Takes Voter Suppression to a Brazen New Extreme, Rolling Stone, May 30, 2012.


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