TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is still pursuing an effort to eliminate ineligible voters from voter rolls, but is struggling to hammer out a final agreement with the federal government.
Last month, the feds agreed to give Florida access to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration database but the details were never worked out.
Now, the state is threatening more legal action to try to expedite the process.
Florida believes that database would help identify noncitizens who are illegally registered to vote.
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Now it's too late to try to remove ineligible voters before next week's primary election. But Florida Department of State spokesman Chris Cate says the main goal is to get an agreement that helps find noncitizens on voter rolls.
"We still believe that we could have an agreement any day now. I think what's taken a little bit more time in the process is that the Department of Homeland Security wants to use the agreement we're working out for Florida as a model for the rest of the nation. So extra precaution is being taken to make sure this is done right and it will not only benefit Florida but the entire nation."
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Florida originally came up with a list of 180,000 people on voter rolls suspected of being ineligible to vote. Now the state has released the list but says it won't be used to purge any voters from election rolls.
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