The Justice Department made good on its promise to sue Florida for their controversial voter list purge on Tuesday, filing a civil suit against the state in federal court in Florida's Northern District.
DOJ alleged that Florida is not in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and asked the court to prevent officials from removing voters from the rolls.
“Congress enacted the NVRA against a historical backdrop in this country in which purge programs initiated close to elections prevented and deterred eligible citizens from casting ballots,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who heads DOJ's Civil Rights Division, said in a statement. “The 90-day quiet period in the NVRA protects eligible voters from being dropped from the rolls right before an election. It appears that Florida has undertaken a new program for voter removal within this 90-day period that has critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters.”
The suit is embedded below.