Asked point blank after the polls closed on the 2012 Primary, Secretary of State Ken Detzner told reporters non-US Citizens probably cast ballots. “Yeah it’s probably possible.”
No one knows an exact number, but it’s expected that thousands of illegally registered voters are on Florida’s voting roles. But that could soon change as the state partners with the Department of Homeland Security to use it’s immigration database.
“I’m pleased to say the working relationship with Homeland Security has been a very positive one the last few weeks,” said Detzner.
Detzner expects to be granted access this week.
There are 180,000 names on a list of possible violators, but the state is throwing it out. They’ll build a new, more accurate list once they have the database.
The old list was so flawed; US citizens, some of them war heroes, were caught in the mix. Chris Cate, a spokesman with the Florida Division of Elections, says that will change once the new voter purge is launched.
“You are not going to be caught on this list if you are a citizen. You don’t have anything to worry about,” said Cate.
The League of Women Voters will be watching the state’s every move.
“Were there to be a situation where prior to the General Election or ongoing that voters were being removed from the roles who were eligible to vote we feel we could go back to the court,” said Jessica Lowe-Minor on July 10th.
The state claims more than a hundred non-citizens have voted in past elections. If any cast ballots in this primary, they could face felony charges.
But even if illegal voters are caught, it wouldn’t change the outcome of the election, because by the time an investigation is conducted and the offender is charged, the election results will already be certified.