With elections right around the corner, the state of Florida is initiating in an endeavor to increase voter clarity by editing its database of eligible voters, claiming that many of the last presidential election's voters were noncitizens, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The custom database is being created by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. By matching the Sunshine State's central voter database with with driver's license records that were maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Detzner is able to determine whether a resident was a citizen when they applied for a driver's license and, therefore, not eligible to vote.
Any residents whose information does not match up between both databases are notified by a letter from the state saying their voting eligibility is in question. On top of these two databases, officials are also combing through other custom state databases that offer similar information to double check their findings.
Still, some claim that the department of motor vehicle's (DMV) database is outdated, with some residents in question not having interacted with the DMV in more than a decade.
"We're absolutely erring on the side of the voter throughout this process," said Chris Cate, Detzner's spokesman. "Just because we have a match with Highway Safety of someone being a noncitizen doesn't mean they haven't had time to become a citizen."
The state plans to eliminate those that are not eligible to vote from the voter database. This number has been reported of being at least 2,600, with 1,600 residing in Miami-Dade County, the state's most populated county.
Some officials say that although the method is helping increase election accuracy, it is still an imperfect system. For the most accurate list, the state would have to access the Department of Homeland Security's database, which contains a comprehensive list of legalized citizens.
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