The federal government is letting Florida use a Department of Homeland Security database of noncitizens to help purge voters from the state’s rolls. But voting rights activists say the fight over Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s controversial purge is far from over.
The agreement, a victory for Republicans, comes after months of back-and-forth between Scott’s administration and the federal government over access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements database, which is designed to determine eligibility for benefits — not voting.
Laws designed to clamp down on voter fraud have been causing controversy all over the country. But in Florida, an attempt sparked by Gov. Rick Scott (R) to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls has become particularly heated, devolving into dueling lawsuits, with officials refusing to carry out directives from the secretary of state.
The Department of Justice is suing the state over the purge. Florida is suing the Department of Homeland Security. What happened?
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been elected vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, the latest in a long line of indications that he won’t run for president in 2012.
The RGA announced the Christie move this morning. The organization also named Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to an open slot on the the RGA’s executive committee.
“No governors better exemplify the type of leadership our country needs right now than Governors Chris Christie and Scott Walker,” RGA Chairman Bob McDonnell said in a statement.