Here we go, legal ping pong time. TPM is reporting that Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner saying the following:
“One of Congress’s concerns in enacting the provisions of the [Voting Rights Act] and [National Voter Registration Act], and one of the Department’s concerns in enforcing federal law as enacted by Congress, is ensuring that state efforts to find and purge ineligible persons from voter registration lists do not endanger the ability of eligible U.S. citizens to register to vote and maintain their voter registration status… The federal statutes that the Department has called to Florida’s attention here are longstanding requirements of which the State is certainly aware.”
And with that, the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division will sue the state of Florida for violating federal law.
Kick ass, DoJ.
UPDATE: Here is the entire letter. “Please immediately cease this unlawful conduct.” Yes, by all means, please do that.