Florida will defy order to stop purging voter list amid calls of ‘suppression:’ Justice department warns that the practice of removing voters is illegal under federal law as Democrats call it discrimination
Florida says it will defy an order from the US justice department to stop purging its voter roll of people the state claims may not be American citizens.
The justice department has warned that the practice, which critics describe as “voter suppression” by Florida’s Republican administration aimed at stripping the ballot from people more likely to support Democrats, is illegal under federal laws.
It has given the state until Wednesday to agree to halt the purge, something officials in Florida say they have no intention of doing.
Federal authorities say that the state is obliged to get justice department approval for changes to its voting laws under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was introduced to end practices that prevented African Americans from exercising their democratic right in many southern states.
Republicans will try to win at any cost, even to the point of resurrecting voter suppression tactics first established during the era of racial segregation by southern Democratic Party leaders.
What this sorry story throws into especially harsh relief is that the contemporary Republican Party is increasingly being forced to desperate measures to preserve its grip on power, because it is out of step with the majority of America — not to mention 89 percent of Massachusetts voters.