Could illegal voting decide the next presidential election? Steps are being taken by the Justice Department that may help guarantee it.
On Thursday, T. Christian Herren Jr., head of the voting section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner warning him to cease efforts the state was making to validate its voter rolls. Specifically, Justice said it was concerned that the Sunshine State’s efforts to clean up the registration lists would violate provisions of the 1973 Voting Rights Act and that the state’s actions would have a discriminatory effect. The law covers five Florida counties in which there had been historical cases of voter discrimination.
Florida immediately fired back. “We are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot,” a spokesman for Mr. Detzner said. “We are not going to give up our efforts to make sure the voter rolls are accurate.”