DOJ Tells Florida Officials to Halt Their Efforts in Clearing Non-Citizens From Voter Registration Rolls
Counties all over Florida have discontinued efforts to eliminate illegal voters from the registration rolls. Eric Shawn reported that local election officials in the state have “halted their effort” to make sure that there are no non-citizen voters because they don’t trust the voting lists. Recently, Attorney General Eric Holder stopped the effort to take off non-citizens from the rolls because of fears that it could violate the Voting Rights Act.
In a key battle ground state that swayed the 2000 election, what could these new developments mean for the upcoming presidential election? Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) appeared on America’s News HQ to react to this news. He pointed out that out of 67 counties, 30 supervisors of elections have stopped looking for illegal voters. Rooney said election officials are “confused” about how to proceed because the governor has told them to ensure everyone who votes is eligible, but the Department of Justice has told them to stop.
The congressman said he believes it’s their job
to continue this effort, but “there’s been this monkey wrench thrown into the mix with the federal government saying stop looking at your voting rolls Florida, stop looking to see if you’re supposed to do the normal housekeeping of making sure your rolls are clean.”
When it comes down to Election Day, Rooney said there will be some people who unlawfully vote. He believes it is Florida’s job to make sure only eligible citizens are voting. “In my opinion if there’s one person that’s committing, which is a felony, voter fraud, then that negates my vote,” he said.
Rooney thinks the federal government is using this issue as a political strategy. He told Shawn, “The goal of this program that the governor has asked the local supervisors of elections is to make sure that the names on the list are correct. That’s all he’s doing.”
He continued, “What Eric Holder has done is come in and say there’s this 90 day rule under Motor Voter which is true, but that’s only supposed to strike people that were once eligible that have become ineligible inside the 90 days because they moved. Not people that were always ineligible. If you’re an illegal alien and you somehow make it in that 90 day window, you shouldn’t automatically be allowed to vote then.”