Florida election officials will have access to a federal database to help purge its voter rolls of non-citizens under an agreement reached between state and federal officials and welcomed on Saturday by Florida’s Republican governor.
Florida and federal officials have been battling over access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database for several weeks. Florida filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to gain access to the database. The state was hit by a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department seeking to stop the purge.
Now other states are expected to ask for access to the database so they too can check their rolls. Some state governments have sought access to the federal database for years. Federal officials told Washington state back in 2005 they saw no way to compare voters and the Homeland Security information.