Republican Gov. Scott plans to restart voter purge in Florida

The AP

Republican Gov. Rick Scott plans to restart a voter purge in Florida.

A federal judge this week lifted the order that had halted the purge begun in 2012, the presidential election year.

State officials had come under fire because some of the voters targeted for removal were U.S. citizens.

Two Democratic members of Congress – U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings – have written to Scott to ask him to reconsider. They said that last year’s effort to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the state’s voter rolls was flawed.

The representatives in their letter urged the state to review its procedures before resuming its efforts.

State officials say they can now accurately identify illegally registered voters because they have access to a national immigration database.