Fla. Election Chief Tries To Win Support For Purge

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s top election official is starting his push to get election supervisors to back a plan to remove non-U.S. citizens from the state’s voter rolls.

But top Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are already criticizing the move as a “political ploy” by Gov. Rick Scott to intimidate valid voters.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner will hold the first of five meetings Thursday with county election officials. Detzner is calling the meetings his “Project Integrity Tour.”

Detzner is expected to explain the steps the state will take in trying to identify non-U.S. citizens who may be on the state’s voting rolls.

Last year the state tried to identify non-U.S. citizen voters but many county supervisors called the state’s data flawed and refused to go along with the plan.

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