Federal Suits Quickly Multiply Over Florida Non-Citizen Voter Purge

The suits now number four. Dates of filing and links to the complaints follow;

June 8 –  Mi Familia Bota Education Fund, et al. v. Ken Detzner filed in the Federal District Court in Tampa. The Plaintiffs allege that the actions of the state in attempting to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

June 11 – Florida Department of State v. United States Department of Homeland Security, et al. filed in the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia. Florida seeks a declaration that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wrongfully withheld information in the DHS citizenship database necessary for the state to identify and remove non-citizens from the voter rolls.   Florida also seeks an injunction requiring the DHS to immediately turn over the information so that the process of removing non-citizens from the rolls can continue.

June 12 –  The United States of America v. State of Florida, et al. filed in the Federal District Court in Tallahassee. The United States alleges that Florida’s actions violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, primarily because the Act prohibits removal programs during the 90 day period before a federal election.

June 19 –  Karla Vanessa Arcia, et al v. Ken Detzner filed in the Federal District Court in Miami. The Plaintiffs allege that Florida’s conduct violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and Fla. Stat. 98.075(1) . Fla. Stat. 98.075(1) requires that “[voter] list maintenance activities must be uniform, non-discriminatory, and in compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [and] the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. . .”

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Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

About Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

Tom Shults is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and represents 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. Tom represents candidates, political parties and political action committees in election disputes and election law litigation. He 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. Tom 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. Tom 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. Tom 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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