Former Sec. of State Kurt Browning: Voter purge, err, check was Rick Scott’s idea

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The latest push to vet state voter rolls for non-citizens was Gov. Rick Scott’sidea, according to former Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who told the Associated Press for a story Tuesday that checking the rolls for ineligible voters was necessary because “people lie.”

Browning, who quit as the state’s top elections official earlier this year, told the AP that Scott raised the idea that led state highway officials to create a list of more than 180,000 voters who may not be eligible to vote. Browning said state officials had tried to crosscheck the list with the Department of Homeland Security, but the federal agency wouldn’t allow it.

The list has been sent to local elections officials, but many of them have criticized the list, saying they’re finding people on the list who are indeed eligible.

“It’s the governor’s job to make sure the voter rolls are accurate, and I don’t know anyone who believes non-U.S. citizens should be allowed to vote,” Scott spokesman Brian Burgess told the AP Tuesday.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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