Hours after the U.S. Department of Justice returned the favor and sued the state over its voter roll purge, Gov. Rick Scott told Fox News Tuesday morning that the state had no choice but to sue the Department of Homeland Security to allow access to its national database, reports the News Service of Florida.
“It’s a no brainer,” Scott told Fox and Friends. “Think about it. We don’t want non-citizens voting. Look, in Florida the debate is over. We have found nearly 100 noncitizens on our voter rolls. Over 50 have voted in recent elections. I have to enforce the law of the land.”
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Monday filed suit in federal court in the District of Columbia to force DHS to give Florida access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE) database. Shortly after, the Department of Justice announced it has filed its own lawsuit, saying the state has not provided the information necessary to tap into the database that tracks immigration status. Further, the state may be violating federal election law. Scott said Tuesday the state is within its rights. “I want to make sure that Florida voters that have the right to vote get to vote and are not diluted by non-citizens,” the governor said.