Removal of Non-Citizens from Voting Rolls Stops: Florida Mulls Options

All Florida supervisors of elections have halted efforts to remove non-citizens from voter rolls after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) delivered this letter to the Florida Secretary of State claiming the process violates federal law. The DOJ has given the state until June 6 to respond. This story in the Palm Beach Post describes the recent events and the partisan positioning on the issue. The controversy may soon end up in court, although in this writer’s opinion the odds of the state winning are not good given the clear prohibition in the National Voter Registration Act of any systematic process to remove voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal primary or general election. Expect hundreds if not thousands of voter challenges being made against alleged non-citizens at the polls in November if the DOJ is correct in its interpretation of the law. READ THIS UPDATE.
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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