Attorney Calling for Elections Officials to Stop Voter Purge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A lawyer for Florida's local elections officials is advising them to stop a state-directed effort to identify and purge ineligible voters after federal authorities demanded it be halted.

Ron Labasky is the legal adviser to the State Association of Supervisors of Elections. He sent members a memo Friday saying they should stop the effort until state and federal officials resolve their differences.

The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to the state Thursday saying the effort that began at the urging of Republican Gov. Rick Scott appears to violate federal law.

Labasky says the letter's tone implies the Justice Department is prepared to take legal action if the matter cannot be resolved.

Scott says the letter is still under review but that fair elections are his goal.

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