Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the purge of the state’s voter rolls will go on.
In a sharply worded letter, Scott’s administration claimed the Department of Justice doesn’t understand two federal voting laws at the heart of the dispute and was protecting potentially illegal voters more than legal ones.
Florida also accused another federal agency, the Department of Homeland Security, of violating the law by denying Florida access to a federal citizenship database.
“This hardly seems like an approach earnestly designed to protect the integrity of elections and to ensure that eligible voters have their votes counted,” said the letter, written by Scott’s hand-picked secretary of state, Ken Detzner, a fellow Republican.
The legal theory behind this is “The reason you don’t understand the law is because I said so, that’s why.”
Actually, the state government and the governor can’t force the purge to continue. That is up to the county election officials, and they’re not inclined to follow Gov. Scott’s order. So there.