WGCU Radio Staff
Wed August 7, 2013
'Voter Purges' Will Be Part Of Best Practices Report To Presidential Commission
Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington has been tapped to join a task force of ten election officials from around the country.
The group will present a report on best voting practices to a presidential commission in the coming weeks.
The taskforce will take a close look at ballot lengths and design, poll worker training, voting machines, and voter roll maintenance—which includes so-called “voter purges”.
Last year, Florida’s purge of alleged non-citizens from its voter rolls was halted by election supervisors who said the state’s information was unreliable.
Harrington says she’s preparing for a more effective voter purge now that the state has access to a federal database with immigration information.
"They are beginning to reactivate that particular process again, now that they have access to a little bit more information. But even when it comes down to us, if the state sends us a record and says ‘we don’t believe this person is a citizen and should not be on the rolls.’ We don’t just remove them."
State officials renewed the voter purge following the Supreme Court’s decision this summer striking down a key part of the Voting Rights Act.