Purged Florida Voters to Be Returned to Voting Rolls, State Says [View all]
Florida residents erroneously purged from voter rolls after being identified as non-citizens will be able to cast ballots in the November election, the state said.
Florida’s Department of State said yesterday it will alert voters who were improperly removed, or wrongly told they would be removed, that they can vote. The government’s announcement followed a legal complaint by civil rights and other groups objecting to the purge.
The state originally identified more than 2,600 potential non-citizens on the rolls at the direction of Republican Governor Rick Scott. Of those, it has found about 207 voters who are non- citizens and shouldn’t be allowed to cast ballots, said Chris Cate, a Florida Department of State spokesman. Any of the remaining 2,400 voters who were told they would be removed from the rolls will now be alerted that they can vote, he said.
There are about 11.5 million voters in Florida, the biggest electoral prize among states viewed as competitive by campaigns for Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The past three presidential races in Florida have been decided by 5 percentage points or less. Obama and Romney have traded the lead in Florida polls this year.