Feds Challenge Removal of Non-Citizens from Voter Rolls in 5 Florida Counties

On July 27 the United States  intervened in the pending case of Mi Familia Bota Education Fund, et al. v. Ken Detzner  in the Federal District Court in Tampa. In a Statement of Interest the U.S. argues that the removal of non-citizens from the voter rolls cannot occur in the 5 counties subject to federal review under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act because the removal process has not been approved by the Department of Justice. Previously, in a related case pending in Tallahassee the court denied a request by the U.S. to stop on a statewide basis the removal of non-citizens from the voter rolls. In that case the U. S. unsuccessfully argued that the removal violated the  National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

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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