by Quin Hillyer
A spate of headlines a week ago involved a crucial legal battle between the U.S. Department of Justice (henceforth DoJ) and Florida concerning Florida’s efforts to update its voter rolls. Well, nineteen years ago, I was at Ground Zero of a legislative skirmish involving precisely the law over which DoJ and Florida are fighting.
First, let’s understand today’s battle. Florida wants to scrub from its voter lists the names of people not qualified to vote – people who have died (so nobody can vote fraudulently in their names), or people who have moved out of state, or people who never should have been registered at all because they are not U.S. citizens. This scrubbing of lists is essential for inoculating states against vote fraud.