Florida tries to build support for voter purge

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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 3:01 am | Updated: 9:08 pm, Wed Dec 11, 2013.

MIAMI (AP) — Florida is preparing for another effort to remove non-citizens from the state's voting rolls.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner will meet Monday with election supervisors from central Florida. The Orlando stop is part of a statewide tour aimed at reassuring election officials that the voter purge will go more smoothly than last year's effort.

In 2012, hundreds of Americans were asked to prove their citizenship or risk losing the right to vote. State officials say mistakes arose from using a database of drivers' licenses to check names. This year, Detzner says the state will use a more reliable federal immigration database.

Democrats say the campaign is an attempt to intimidate minority voters. Detzner and Gov. Rick Scott defend the purge, saying they're obligated to maintain the integrity of the vote.

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