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Florida moves to eliminate noncitizens from voter rolls

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Tallahassee, Florida - Florida is taking action to remove more than 200 people from voter rolls because they're illegally registered, according to the Florida Department of State.

The agency has been working to remove noncitizens from the rolls at the request of Gov. Rick Scott.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security allowed Florida to access a federal immigration database. That helped the state confirm a list of 207 ineligible voters.

State spokesman Chris Cate says the names of those noncitizens will be forwarded to local election supervisors, who have the power to remove people from voter rolls.

"They'll then send a letter to each of these noncitizens and inform them of the information that we've found. We think it's very unlikely that anybody would ever be wrongly included on the list but they'll certainly have the opportunity to defend themselves, in the unlikely case, but in the case that someone was in fact a citizen."

Earlier this year, Florida put together a list of 2,600 suspected ineligible voters but the list was flawed. Now any voters removed in that effort will be allowed to vote in November.

Cate says the effort to remove noncitizens from voter rolls will continue using the federal database.

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