Florida Agrees To Partial Settlement In Purge Case

The state of Florida reached a partial settlement with a coalition of civil rights groups who sued alleging that Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) failed voter purge discriminated against minority voters. Under the agreement, the state agrees to restore to the rolls any voter it identified as “potential non-citizen” unless the local elections official can confirm that with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security database, to guarantee that no one will be forced to vote by provisional ballot simply because his or her name appeared on that “potential non-citizens” list, and that all registered voters who received purge letters will be mailed a note “informing them that they are indeed registered to vote,” unless they have been confirmed to be a non-citizen. The partial settlement does not address the groups’ claims that the state’s purge illegally came within 90 days of a federal election.