TO: Florida Gov. Rick Scott
CC: Florida Sec. of State Ken Detzner; County Supervisors of Elections
We call on you to immediately suspend the Florida Division of Elections' unacceptable directive that county supervisors of elections purge up to 180,000 names from Florida's voter rolls in advance of the November 2012 elections. And we call on county supervisors of elections not to implement any purge based on the lists sent to them by the State.
While the right to vote should be reserved only to those who are eligible, any process that could strip eligible voters of their voting rights should be conducted with the utmost caution and transparency, and certainly not within six months of a major federal election and within 90 days of the primary. Providing a list of names with questionable validity -- created with absolutely no oversight -- to county supervisors and asking that they purge their rolls will create chaotic results and further undermine Floridians' confidence in the integrity of our elections. A rushed process will undermine both Florida and federal law requiring voter rolls to be maintained in a uniform and nondiscriminatory manner, and could wrongfully disenfranchise a massive number of eligible Florida voters.