JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Gov. Rick Scott is ordering local election supervisors to re-ignite a purge of Florida voters from the rolls.
He wants to remove so-called illegal voters. Many want to know what that means and who's watching to make sure laws aren't being broken. Voting is at the center of our democracy. Our fundamental right as Americans. Every year, people come to make sure their voice is heard in elections.
But instead of signing up new voters, Action News has learned workers inside the Supervisor of Elections office will be deleting names out of the system.
"It's very controversial," said Supervior of Elections Jerry Holland.
Holland says he received a letter from the state saying his office will now start purging the voter rolls again this year. "It's a renewed effort from last year," said Holland.
An effort last year that landed the state in court. "The difference now is it is supposed to be a database of names. They're going through homeland security," said Holland.
In 2012, the state identified more than 180,000 possible illegal voters throughout the state. But that number changed several times. Ultimately, counties were sent lists with just a few dozen illegal voters before the process was stopped. "We'd heard about 2,600 in Duval, but ended up with 12," said Holland.
Holland hopes this time will be different, with a new system in place. "If people show up at his door saying I can prove I'm a U.S. citizen, it'll be embarrassing again," said Holland.
Action News asked how much all the legal battles cost taxpayers. The state has not given us an answer. The supervisor of elections office tells us they spent a couple hundred bucks sending out notices last year.
The state says the process has not started yet. They are still working on coming up with a procedure.