Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) wants to remove any non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls in his state, but his administration has refused to release a list of more than 180,000 voters whose citizenship may be in question, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.
Voter advocacy groups and news outlets submitted numerous requests for disclosure of the list, but Florida's elections agency denied them, saying it will ask Florida's attorney general whether the list is a public record.
Scott's administration took some heat earlier this year when it provided election officials with a similar list of over 2,600 voters whose citizenship it questioned, with orders to remove those on the list from the registry if they could could not prove their U.S. citizenship.
The state developed the list by matching voter records with the state's drivers license database. Many people on the first list turned out to be citizens, prompting criticisms that Scott was trying to suppress votes. Nearly 60 percent of the voters on the list are Latino, yet Hispanic voters make up only 16 percent of the state's electorate.
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