No quick appeals review of Fla. voter purge case
MIAMI (AP) -- A federal appeals court won't quickly review a challenge to Florida's plan to purge almost 200 voters from the rolls because they are non-citizens.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Tuesday will leave the legal fight for after the Nov. 6 election. Two Florida federal judges have ruled that the planned purge of 198 non-citizens can go forward despite claims it violates a federal law against removing voters within 90 days of an election.
The judges decided the 90-day doesn't apply to non-citizens. Most supervisors of elections have said the removal process would run past Election Day anyway.
The state originally sought to purge some 2,600 names but encountered inaccuracies. The revised list of 198 names of possible non-citizens was produced through a Homeland Security Department citizenship database.