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. . .”

Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

About Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

Tom Shults is a partner in the law firm of Kirk-Pinkerton P.A. He represents clients in a range of matters including election law issues,complex business and commercial disputes and probate and trust suits. Mr. Shults is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within a specific area of law. Mr. Shults also holds the highest peer rating possible (AV) from the independent attorney rating agency, Martindale Hubbell. He was recently appointed chair of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of the Florida Bar and is a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Sarasota County Bar Association. He is an Army veteran and was admitted to the Bar in 1983.
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