Feds: Florida Violating Election Law

    FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In a victory for Republicans, the federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people’s right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens. The agreement, made in a letter Scott’s administration that was obtained by The Associated Press, grants the state access to a list of resident non citizens maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. The Obama administration had denied Florida’s request for months. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

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    The Justice Department filed papers with the U.S. District Court in Tampa on Tuesday in an effort to halt Florida’s ongoing purge of those the state suspects are not citizens from the voter rolls in advance of the 2012 election. The filing charges that state officials are violating the Voting Rights Act by not getting permission from the DOJ to change voting procedures. Florida officials vowed to continue the removal process and incorporate new citizenship data from the Department of Homeland Security.

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