TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Election officials in two southwest Florida counties are not ending a contentious push to remove potentially ineligible voters from the voter rolls.
Gov. Rick Scott initiated the push last year. But most counties in Florida stopped efforts to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the rolls amid conflicting legal opinions between the state and federal government.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Florida, saying the state must halt the purge because it is too close to the next federal election.
But both Lee and Collier county officials say they will remove 25 voters in the next few weeks if the voters fail to respond to mail requests and a newspaper notice.
State officials initially asked election supervisors to check out the citizenship status of more than 2,600 voters.
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