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June 11, 2012

MIAMI – The following statement on Gov. Scott’s announcement this afternoon that his administration is suing the Department of Homeland Security over the voter purge, days after the ACLU of Florida filed suit to stop it, may be attributed to Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida:

“Governor Scott’s voter purge has been a colossal nightmare from the beginning and now his tactic is to try to blame someone else for his mistake.

The governor’s claim that he needs information from the Department of Homeland Security to justify his illegal purge of voters is an acknowledgement that he was using bad data and kicking eligible citizens off the voter rolls in the first place.

Governor Scott’s desperation to keep his voter purge intact is just part of a pattern from this administration of attacking the bedrock of our democracy – the right of all citizens to vote.”

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