Florida postpones efforts to purge voters

July 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- A list of possible non-citizens will not be sent to county elections supervisors before the Aug. 14 state primary, Florida officials say.

But the list is being made available as a public record, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday. The list of 180,000 names was based on outdated information from the state Department of Highways and Motor Vehicles, the newspaper said.

In April, Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent 2,700 names from the list to county supervisors. Much of the information proved to be unreliable and critics said the list also contained a disproportionate number of Hispanic names.

Detzner said the state has sued the federal government to get access to a Department of Homeland Security database of non-citizens.

Gov. Rick Scott and Detzner, both Republicans, have said the state has a duty to keep non-citizens from voting.

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