Florida Elections and Voter Purge Efforts

Apr 9, 2014

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On April 1, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled Florida’s 2012 voter purge effort violated the National Voter Registration Act. The ruling found that the state’s attempt to systematically remove who it claimed were non-citizens from the voter rolls within 90 days of the election was illegal. The decision came just days after Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the state was suspending this year’s voter purge attempt. We’ll take a look back at the impact of that voter purge effort as well as past efforts to remove people from the voter rolls. We’ll also explore what the decision could mean for future elections.


Deirdre Macnab, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida

Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, Senior Attorney and Director of Voter Protection for the Advancement Project