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10/11/2013

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TAKE TWO Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent hosts the Tuesday session. Photo by Cooper Levey-Baker SECRETARY OF STATE PRESENTS REBOOTED PLAN TO PURGE NONCITIZENS FROM VOTER ROLLS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner began his roundtable discussion with seven regional supervisors of election Tuesday, Oct. 8, with an apology. Last year's attempt to remove non-citizens from the state's voter rolls, which prompted reports of false identifications, as well as accusations of partisan motives and racial profiling, had "deficiencies," Detzner acknowledged. But the new process for removing non-citizens, the process Detzner traveled to Sarasota to discuss, represents a marked improvement, he said: "We've learned from some of the mistakes that were made, and I accept full responsibility for those mistakes." Launched directly by Gov. Rick Scott, last year's purge relied on data provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to determine whether We're not throwing darts. registered voters were actually eligible Maria Matthews Director to vote. That process Division of Elections originally generated

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