Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Department of Justice Could Be Practicing ‘Guilt by Existence’ in Florida Voter Purge Case, Attorney Says

The Department if inJustice is hard at work to make sure voter fraud is possible in Florida for the November election. - Reggie

(CNSNews.com) – The Department of Justice may be engaged in a politically motivated attack on the state of Florida over efforts there to purge thousands of people who may be ineligible to vote from the state’s voter rolls.

"I don’t think there’s any question that in the Civil Rights Division there’s a mindset of guilt by existence. It’s phenomenal,” conservative attorney Joe diGenova told CNSNews.com. “If you exist and you’re in that jurisdiction and you happen to be of one party, that’s it.”

The Civil Rights Division is the branch of the Justice Department responsible for enforcing voting-rights laws and is the division behind a recent cease-and-desist letter sent to the state of Florida over efforts there to purge some 2,600 possible ineligible voters from the rolls.

The effort, begun in May, seeks to remove any non-citizens who have been erroneously added to Florida’s voter rolls. In order to do this, Florida is comparing names and addresses on its voter rolls to information on file with the state highway and motor vehicle department, which contains citizenship information.

Florida has also formally requested access to the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration information database to further help weed out non-citizens.

However, on May 31, the Department of Justice sent a cease-and-desist letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner arguing that Florida’s efforts violated federal law.

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