1. VOTING RIGHTS

    Florida Can Use Security Data

    MIAMI - DECEMBER 08:  Florida Governor-elect Rick Scott speaks to the media during a press conference while visiting the Port of Miami  on December 8, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Governor-elect Scott visited the port as he continues his statewide "Let’s Get to Work' jobs tour.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rick Scott

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    The federal government agreed Saturday to allow Florida to use a Homeland Security database to check whether people are legally allowed to vote if they are suspected of not being naturalized U.S. citizens. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has challenged the current voting-rights law, saying that noncitizens have tried to vote (legal immigrants can vote only if they become naturalized U.S. citizens). The Obama administration had denied Florida’s request for months—voting-rights groups have maintained that the agreement uses the database not for the use it is intended—and Republicans count it as a victory in their fight to combat voter fraud. But Democrats have accused Republicans of attempting to suppress voting by people in lower socioeconomic groups who tend to vote Democratic—and with the new law coming just four months before Election Day, it could leave insufficient time to correct any errors in the system.

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