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Justice Department Threatens to Sue Florida Over Voting Rights

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 

The Justice Department said it will sue Florida if it doesn’t scrap its controversial voter purge program, which critics says unfairly targets minorities based on largely inaccurate information, CNN reports.

At issue is a Republican-led effort to eliminate non-eligible voters in a battleground state that will play a key role in the 2012 presidential election.

The state said it identified more than 100,000 non-eligible voters who could be on the list illegally, according to CNN.

Although states have the legal authority to remove non-eligible voters, the Justice Department argues the program violates legal standards designed to avoid mistakes.

CNN reports:

While the Justice Department notes that states can legally remove non-eligible voters from their lists, the letter Monday argues that the Florida program does not comply with legal standards, has “critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters.”

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties voluntarily ended the removal of names from voting lists on the recommendation of Florida county election officials, CNN reported.

Inspector Gen. Probing Justice Dept. Enforcement of Voter Rights

blackpantherptylogoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department’s Inspector General is probing allegations that the agency’s civil rights division was racially discriminatory when it came to enforcing voting laws, the Washington Post reported.

The Post reports that the probe grows out of a voter intimidation case from 2008 in which members of the New Black Panther Party were charged with intimidating white voters in Philadelphia.

The members videotaped voters in front of the polling place, dressed in military-style uniforms who allegedly yelled out racial slurs. The Obama Justice Department eventually abandoned the case, triggering an outcry from conservatives that the Obama administration had failed to protect the rights of white voters.

The Post reported that Inspector General Glenn Fine wrote a letter to Congressional members saying he wasn’t investigating the New Black Panther case specifically but was instead looking into how the Justice Department enforces voting rights laws.

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