Two days after Florida reignited the fight to purge suspected noncitizens from the state's voter rolls and announced plans to refer 36 noncitizens who have allegedly voted to prosecutors, outside groups are preparing for an intense battle.
At least two voting rights groups and the Justice Department have lawsuits pending against the state. But one organization, The Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project, has a date with Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and a federal judge Monday. The National Voter Registration Act bars states from engaging in certain types of voter purges 90 days before a federal election. On Monday, the Presidential Election will be just 36 days away.
What happens in Florida could chart a new course for American elections and the very meaning of citizenship, voting rights advocates say. More than a dozen states may also be preparing to launch purges akin to Florida's based on a pervasive idea advanced mostly by Republicans that the election system is under siege by foreign interlopers and others. Scant evidence exists.
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