Department of Justice slows Florida ‘voter purge’ efforts

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"Our records do not reflect that these changes affecting voting have been submitted to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for judicial review or to the Attorney General for administrative review as required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act," T. Christian Herren, head of the voting section of the Civil Rights Division, wrote in the letter, according to CNN.

CNN confirmed that Florida's two largest counties — Broward and Miami-Dade — have stopped removing names from their voter rolls in response to the letter, but reported that the Florida Division of Elections is still reviewing the letter.

"The Department of State has a duty under both state and federal laws to ensure that Florida's voter registration rolls are current and accurate. Therefore, identifying ineligible voters is something we are always doing," Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Division of Elections, said in a statement Friday. According to Reuters, Cate promised a response to the letter this week.

"We provided information to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security yesterday, and have been doing so for nearly nine months, in hopes that the federal government would help us identify ineligible voters,” he continued. “While this isn't a response from DHS as to why they haven't provided us access to their data, at least we know the federal government knows we take ineligible voters on the voter rolls seriously. We hope the federal government will recognize the importance of accurate voter rolls and support our efforts.”

Florida is expected to be one of the battleground states determining the presidential election in November.

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