This is a very cool development in the story of Florida’s voter purge. That state’s county elections officials are refusing to follow through on the voter purge Gov. Rick Scott is engaging in — and they apparently have the power to stop it.
The 67 county elections supervisors — who have final say over voter purges —are not moving forward with the purge for now because nearly all of them don’t trust the accuracy of a list of nearly 2,700 potential noncitizens identified by the state’s elections office.The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the state to stop the purge.
“We’re just not going to do this,” said Leon County’s elections supervisor, Ion Sancho, one of the most outspoken of his peers. “I’ve talked to many of the other supervisors and they agree. The list is bad. And this is illegal.”So far, more than 500 have been identified as citizens and lawful voters on the voter rolls. About 40 people statewide have been identified as noncitizens. At least four might have voted and could be guilty of a third-degree felony.
That’s their record? One possible illegal voter for every 125 legal voter they’ve purged? Well that’s certainly worth it. By the way, 30 of those 67 county elections chiefs are Republicans.