Nan Rich: Put effort into allowing eligible to vote

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Sen. Nan Rich, the outgoing leader of Democrats in the Senate and a candidate for governor, is criticizing the Scott administration and the Republican Legislature for not doing enough to make it easier for eligible voters to vote – though saying trying to reduce voter fraud is a good thing, reports the News Service of Florida. Rich, D-Weston, told the News Service that new efforts by the administration to curb fraud by using state databases to try to find non-citizens who may be registered to vote was logical. “I certainly support an initiative that would remove people from the voter rolls that are not eligible to vote,” Rich said. “But we’ve had so much effort to suppress the vote. It would be nice if we put this much effort into making sure those who are eligible to vote can vote.” State elections officials this week announced they’d turned up more than 2,500 possible matches of people who show up on state Highway Safety databases as non-citizens but seem to be on voter rolls. Most are in South Florida. The names were forwarded to local supervisors of elections for purging from voter rolls.

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