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Fla. now allowed to challenge people's right to vote



Published: Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 10:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP)

In a victory for Republicans, the federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people's right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens.

The agreement, made in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration that was obtained by The Associated Press, grants the state access to a list of resident noncitizens maintained by the Homeland Security Department.

The Obama administration had denied Florida's request for months but relented after a judge ruled in the state's favor in a related voter-purge matter.


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