Florida and Feds Stake Out Positions in Non-Citizen Purge Case

The parties in The United States of America v. State of Florida recently staked out their positions regarding the issues and progress of the case in a report to the court.  Thus far the DOJ has served document subpoenas to 9 supervisors of elections and believes that up to 15 depositions might be necessary.  The State, however, believes that “[s]uch complex and protracted discovery is entirely unwarranted given the narrow and easily resolved issue remaining in the case”. In June the court denied the United States’ request to stop the removal of non-citizens from the voter rolls, however the DOJ continues to argue that Florida’s  process violates §8(b)(2)(A) of the National Voter Registration Act because it is occurring within 90 days of an election.

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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