In a letter released this afternoon, Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) accuses Attorney General Eric Holder of “supporting voter fraud in Florida.” According to Rooney, Holder is assisting in voter fraud, which is a crime, for the purpose of “aiding the President’s reelection campaign.” Rooney claims Holder of “actively working to enable voter fraud and allow illegal immigrants to cast votes in the state of Florida.”
Late last week, the Justice Department informed the State of Florida that the large purge of registered voters ordered by Governor Rick Scott was illegal and should be ended.
More from Rooney’s letter to Eric Holder:
Florida has uncovered a widespread problem of illegal and erroneous voter registration, exposing as many as 182,000 registered voters as non-U.S. citizens. The Department of Justice has an obligation to work with the state to prevent voter fraud and ensure that illegal votes are not cast, yet your department has consistently obstructed Florida’s efforts and has been either unresponsive or outright hostile to legitimate requests for information.
…Your actions further demonstrate that the Department of Justice, under your leadership, is more concerned with protecting the reelection prospects of the President than with upholding justice and enforcing the rule of law.
Rooney’s belief that 182,000 registered voters in Florida have been identified as non-U.S. citizens is not even shared by Scott. Thus far, the governor has only forwarded around 2700 names for county election officials to purge from the rolls.
Among this much smaller list, local election officials have found hundreds of fully eligible U.S. citizens. As a result of the rampant errors — and the Justice Department letter declaring the purge illegal — all 67 county election supervisors, including many Republicans, have decided to suspend the process.
Further Rooney’s assertion that voter fraud is a widespread problem is contradicted by Florida election officials and law enforcement data.
The State of Florida has until today to formally respond to the Justice Department. All indications, however, are that they plan to defy the DOJ and press forward with disenfranchising voters.
You can read the Department of Justice letter detailing the legal problems with Florida’s voter purge here.