Deutch Demands Records Related to Error-Ridden Voter Purge

Press Release

By:  Ted Deutch
Date: June 2, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

As more and more Floridians find their voting rights in jeopardy, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) today submitted to Governor Rick Scott a public records request for detailed information related to the illegal, error-ridden voter purge effort underway in Florida.

"It is time to cast some Florida sunshine on Governor Rick Scott's mission to purge thousands of voters from our rolls in advance of the 2012 elections," said Congressman Deutch. "How was this list of 182,000 names really compiled? Why is it that so many legitimate Florida voters, including veterans of our armed services, small business owners, and naturalized citizens, have ended up on this secret list? What conversations have motivated Governor Scott to pursue this brazen purge effort? Why is this process being rushed when August elections are just around the corner? These are just some of the questions that Floridians, as well as all Americans who understand the vital role our state plays in our national elections, deserve to have answered."

Congressman Ted Deutch has led an effort to bring national attention to a voter purge process underway in Florida that has been plagued by a lack of transparency, accuracy, and legal authority. Earlier this week, after meeting with a decorated World War II veteran wrongly targeted by the purge, Congressman Deutch sent a letter to the Governor urging an immediate suspension of the effort. This call was echoed late last night by the U.S. Department of Justice, which sent a letter threatening legal action if the Florida Secretary of State continues to endanger the voting rights of thousands of legitimate Florida voters.

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