July 28, 2004

National Briefing | South: Florida: U.S. Asks Review Of Felons' List

By Terry Aguayo (NYT)

The federal Civil Rights Commission asked the Justice Department to investigate the purge list that Florida uses to remove suspected felons from the voter rolls. The chairwoman of the commission, Mary Frances Berry, cited a high error rate and discrimination in the list and asked the department to examine whether the state had any knowledge of it. This month, news organizations reported that the list guaranteed that no Hispanics, who tend to vote Republican here, would be purged, while thousands of blacks, who tend to vote Democratic, might be purged. The state has since thrown out the list. Terry Aguayo (NYT)

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