Florida, at the direction of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, has produced a list of more than 2,600 registered voters suspected of being ineligible to vote. The move has set off a flurry of litigation (most of which should be settled before November), with the Obama administration and state officials exchanging lawsuits and accusations of playing politics. The dispute has been particularly contentious because more than 60 percent of those identified are Hispanic, according to the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Here's a close-up look at Florida's actions and the legal fallout in this state with a controversial past, where elections can hang on a single chad.
In April, Ken Detzner, Florida's Commerce secretary, initiated a coordinated effort to identify registered voters who, from the state's point of view, were probably not U.S. citizens. That list of "potential noncitizens" was produced by comparing the state Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department's database with the Voter Registration System database. Before 2010, driver's license applicants in Florida were not required to prove citizenship but had to inform the DMV of their citizenship status. It appears that the state compiled a list of individuals who both indicated they were not citizens at the time of application and were registered to vote.