1,251 Non-U.S. Citizens are Registered to Vote in Florida

Under Fla. Stat. 97.041(1)(a) 2 , a person must be a citizen of the United States in order to register to vote.  Several months ago the Fort Myers television station, NBC2, found that approximately 100 non-U.S. Citizens had registered to vote in Lee and Collier counties.  This led to a deeper investigation by the Florida Division of Elections (DOE).  Using the drivers license database of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV), the DOE first identified non-citizens who had obtained driver’s licenses.  It then matched those names against those who registered to vote and found that at least 1,251 non-citizens, as reflected on DMV records, are registered to vote in Florida.  The DOE has now tasked election supervisors to remove these voters from the rolls or verify their citizenship.  This story on the NBC2 site describes the circumstances. Problems like this one might increase the frequency of voter challenges at the polls during the 2012 elections. Read THIS UPDATE to this post.

Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

About Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

Tom Shults is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has represented clients in election and sunshine law issues, complex business and commercial disputes and probate and trust suits. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983 and has maintained an active trial practice in state and federal courts for over 35 years. Mr. Shults successfully represented the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections in Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections et al. v. Browning et al. , where the Florida Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of Sarasota County’s charter election law amendments. Mr. Shults has served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar and is the past Chairman of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Sarasota County Bar Association for his work with the Sarasota Mental Health Community Centers. In 2013 he was nominated for circuit court judge by the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee. Mr. Shults has served on the faculty of the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University School of Law and on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Program for Practicing Lawyers at Nova Southeastern University School of Law. Mr. Shults grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School (1973), Florida State University (B.S. 1977) and Washburn University School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1982). He is veteran of the United States Army.
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