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Voter Citizenship Verification Feb 2012

Voter Citizenship Verification Feb 2012

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Voter Citizenship Verification
Current status: The last written communication I had with Maria Matthews with the DOS was in October. I spokewith her two weeks ago to ask about this. She’s indicated that she has not yet briefed the newSecretary on this issue.Maria indicated that some investigative reporters in SW Florida compared lists of excusals from jury duty from the local clerks’ office (where the juror was attempting to be excused becausehe/she was not a U.S. citizen) to voter rolls in those counties. DOS staff had used DAVE todetermine citizenship status from driver records and Maria sent the list to me to determinewhether I thought there were any problems in the system. I confirmed that our process to pulldrivers for jury pool filters for U.S. Citizens only. However, we may not have been filtering the listfor citizenship prior to March 2008. I also confirmed that the drivers listed as immigrants on thespreadsheet were not in the last jury pull that we generated. We suspect the reporters may havegone back several years.Prior to 2001, we did not require proof of legal presence. We do know that some driver records forimmigrants and non-immigrants are marked as U.S. citizens from this time period. In some cases,customers obtained a license prior to that date, then renewed on-line or by mail or phone, whichdoes not require presentation of citizenship (we take what is on file).Notes from September 1, 2011:
We were able to match 11.5 million out of the total 12.3 million voter registrants.
Out of the 11.5 million matched, we identified 2,259 non-immigrants. Because of licensinglegal presence laws, we are extremely confident that these 2,259 are non-immigrants.
Out of the 11.5 million matched, we identified 194,648 immigrants. We recommend DOScontract with SAVE to obtain an updated citizenship status for each of these records, as webelieve a sizeable portion of this population may have become citizens since their last driverlicense transaction.
Out of the 11.5 million, we do not have citizenship information/status for 21,770 voters.
Our records indicate 55,183 of the people listed on the voter registration rolls are deceased.We have provided detailed information to DOS for their handling.Maria indicated that she contacted SAVE and is working with them to determine if SAVE can verifycitizenship for those we show as immigrants. We provided our SAVE contract to Maria for herreference and also provided contact information.At the last meeting, we strongly recommended that DOS proceed with notifying the non-immigrantpopulation that they are not eligible to vote. We do not have a current status on this.At the last meeting, we discussed appeal processes. DOS was concerned that we do not have aprocess to update citizenship status through FDLIS without issuing a replacement DL, which meansthat the voter would incur costs in order to register to vote (or at least that’s the perception).

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