Are Thousands of Non-US Citizens on the Voter Rolls in Florida?
Staff, Fox News Latino
Florida has identified more than 2,600 people on the voter rolls who are legal residents but may not be eligible to vote because they are not U.S. citizens, state officials announced Wednesday .
The announcement comes at the same time the state, the U.S. Department of Justice and others are locked in a legal dispute over a voting law passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature. GOP legislators said they pushed some of the changes in order to crack down on potential voter fraud.
“Florida voters need to know only eligible citizens can cast a ballot and we’re doing everything in our power to ensure that is the case,” said Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
The move comes just months before Florida is expected to play a critical role in deciding the 2012 presidential election. The 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore was decided by just 537 votes in the Sunshine State.
A spokesman for the Department of State said the list is drawn from people who have driver’s licenses but do not appear to be citizens. In the last few weeks, county election officials were given the list and asked to verify if the information is correct or not. Election supervisors are contacting voters and if someone is not a citizen, their name will be dropped from the voter rolls.