2014-04-03T195538Z_1_CBREA321JCV00_RTROPTP_2_USA

Florida governor's voter purge effort hits stumbling blocks

Governor Scott answers question during a news briefing at the 2013 Republican Governors Association conference in ScottsdaleBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott’s efforts to purge non-U.S. citizens from the state’s voter rolls, a move that has triggered legal challenges from voting rights groups, have been dealt the second significant setback in a week. A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the state’s effort in 2012 to identify voters who were improperly registered violated the National Voter Registration Act because it was conducted less than 90 days before the U.S. presidential election. Last Thursday, in the face of mounting pressure from local election officials, Florida’s secretary of state postponed a push to identify non-citizens on voter lists, saying the project would wait until a new federal database is completed next year to help check the citizenship of voters. Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, said the state should stop attempting to run systematic, statewide purges of voter rolls.

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