Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge To Florida Voter Purge

The contested voter list has been reduced to 198 voters (and some of them are probably legal voters), but it still illustrates how hard the Republicans fight to leave no stone unturned in their attempts to prevent Democrats from

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The contested voter list has been reduced to 198 voters (and some of them are probably legal voters), but it still illustrates how hard the Republicans fight to leave no stone unturned in their attempts to prevent Democrats from voting:

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a challenge to Florida's recent voter purge efforts, clearing the way for the removal of about 200 suspected non-U.S. citizens from state voter rolls before the November 6 presidential election.

District Judge William Zloch dismissed the remaining challenges from voter advocacy groups, including the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights and the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

The plaintiffs had contended Florida's purge efforts violated the National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA, and a federal law against removing voters within 90 days of an election, except under certain special circumstances.

Florida, which is closely divided between Democrats and Republicans, is an important electoral battleground state.

Zloch's ruling affects 198 people believed to be non-U.S. citizens based on a Department of Homeland Security citizenship database. An earlier purge list, containing more than 2,600 names, was cut back sharply due to errors.

"Certainly, the NVRA does not require the state to idle on the sidelines until a non-citizen violates the law before the state can act," Zloch wrote. "And surely the NVRA does not require the state to wait until after that critical juncture - when the vote has been cast and the harm has been fully realized - to address what it views as nothing short of 'voter fraud.'"

Florida election officials, who have defended the state's efforts to remove ineligible voters from the rolls, applauded the ruling.

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