Elections Officials Brief Lawmakers on Voter Purge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The secretary of state and the head of the elections division are assuring lawmakers that a proposed voting list purge won't remove legal voters.

The House Ethics and Elections Subcommittee was briefed on the proposal Tuesday. It would use state and federal databases to identify possible non-citizens on voting rolls.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner told lawmakers information given to county supervisors of elections will be reliable.

Division of Elections director Maria Matthews said extra steps are being put into place to make sure people legally registered to vote won't be removed.

Matthews said the proposed purge will not be put into place until officials are completely comfortable with it.

Last year a list of potential non-citizens issued by the Department of State had legally registered citizens on it.

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