The names of about 52,000 deceased voters have been removed from Florida’s voter registration rolls. More voter registrations, possibly as many as 180,000 non-citizens, may follow as the State of Florida moves to clean up its voter registration lists.
About 52,000 deceased voters were identified by comparing voter registration databases with the Social Security Administration’s databases containing information regarding deceased persons. Chris Cate, Communications Director for the Florida Department of State, told The New American that the main problem in getting the voter registration databases updated wasn’t voters who died in Florida — it was voters who moved out of Florida and then died in another state. Frequently, when voters move and register to vote in a different state, the previous jurisdictions are not notified.
The list of 180,000 voters who are potentially not U.S. citizens was developed by comparing voter registration databases to state driver’s license databases. Non-citizens can get driver’s licenses in Florida, but they are identified as such. Cate explained to The New American that the State of Florida is trying to get the latest citizenship information to better identify names on voter registration lists who are potentially non-citizens. In many cases the citizenship data hasn’t been updated since the driver’s licenses were issued, and some of these people have become U.S. citizens since then. The Florida Department of State has requested access to databases at the Department of Homeland Security that have the latest citizenship information, but they haven’t been successful. They are pursuing other options, such as other databases in Florida that can be updated with latest citizenship information.
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