Two counties in southwest Florida are continuing a voter purge that the Department of Justice says is illegal. Officials in Lee and Collier county will soon remove voters based on a list that has been riddled with errors, the AP reports. Hundreds of eligible U.S. citizens were included on the list.
Notably, the two Florida counties are persisting with the purge against the advice of general counsel of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. From the Palm Beach Post:
The Justice Department letter and mistakes that the 67 county elections supervisors have found in the state list make the scrub undoable, said Martin County Elections Supervisor Vicki Davis, president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.
“There are just too many variables with this entire process at this time for supervisors to continue,” Davis said.
Ron Labasky, the association’s general counsel, sent a memo to the 67 supervisors Friday telling them to stop processing the list.
“I recommend that Supervisors of Elections cease any further action until the issues raised by the Department of Justice are resolved between the parties or by a Court,” Labasky wrote.
In the two counties “at least nine people have been removed from the voter rolls under Scott’s program, and elections officials have no solid proof that those people are noncitizens.”
Despite, hundred of documented errors Lee County Election Supervisor Sharon Harrington said she has “confidence in the process.”