Lawsuit Calls Voter Purge Discrimination

MIAMI (AP) — Several groups of Floridians will rally outside a Miami courthouse asking Gov. Rick Scott to halt a contentious push to remove potentially ineligible voters from the rolls.

Organizations that work with immigrants and Puerto Ricans filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a Miami federal court. The lawsuit contends the push to remove voters violates federal law because it’s within 90 days of an election.

The groups also contend the effort is discriminatory because Hispanics represent a majority of names on the list created by state election officials.

Last year, Florida compared driver’s license records with voter registration records and turned up about 182,000 registered voters who may not be U.S. citizens. State officials didn’t release that list and instead sought access to a federal immigration database to verify the matches.

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