It’s important to the credibility of Florida elections that only eligible voters are allowed to cast votes. But when partisan politics creeps into the process — as it has twice since Gov. Rick Scott was elected and before that during former Gov. Jeb Bush’s two terms— elections officials, not tainted voter rolls become the larger threat to that credibility.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the suspension of a controversial voter purge due to concerns about changes to a federal homeland security database the Division of Elections planned to use to verify voters’ citizenship. Many county supervisors of elections had expressed misgivings about potential mistakes that would incorrectly purge eligible voters from their rolls.
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