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Florida elections chief halts voter purge

By John Lantigua - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Secretary of State Ken Detzner notified Florida supervisors of elections Thursday that the state will not implement a planned purge of voter rolls aimed at non-citizens before the November elections because the federal database that was to be used will not be ready in time.

Given the controversial results the last time the Division of Elections tried to remove non-citizens from the state’s rolls, in 2012, Detzner’s decision not to issue a purge list this year was applauded by South Florida supervisors and by voting rights activists around the state.

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