Voter Purge

It's been just a couple of days since Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for president - and already his time in Tallahassee is getting a lot of scrutiny. Did he cut $19 billion dollars in taxes? And what about those purges of voter lists? WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about this with PolitiFact Florida's Amy Hollyfield.

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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.

A federal court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to remove non-citizens from the state’s voter rolls several weeks shy of the 2012 presidential election was illegal.

State officials have suspended the state’s controversial non-citizen voter purge.

With the opening of the 2014 legislative session just hours away, about 400 Floridians rallied in the Capitol Courtyard for what was billed as "Moral Monday." Speakers at the rally called for lawmakers to expand Medicaid, stop the state's voter purge, and roll back the “stand your ground” self-defense law. None is likely to occur during the impending legislative session, but the protestors vowed to carry their concerns to the polls in the midterm elections this fall.