The Duval elections office is awaiting a list of 3,600 non-citizens from the state so they can find out which ones have acquired citizenship and can now vote.
Jerry Holland, the Duval Supervisor of Elections, says they’ve got a long process ahead before the primaries in August.
“The state still has 186,000 non-U.S. citizens to process and send down to the county,” Holland said. Once they receive the list of 3,600 from Duval, they’ll send a letter to them asking for proof of their citizenship.
“We want to make sure that no one’s on the rolls that shouldn’t be, and to make sure that everyone who has the right to be on the rolls stay on the rolls and get their opportunity to vote,” Holland said.
He says the state has been making the list of non-citizens since April of last year.
“That’s why we have to do the due diligence and give them an opportunity to bring in their paperwork. If they don’t, they’ll be moved to ‘ineligible.’ They won’t be denied the right to vote a provisional ballot, but they’ll have to show proof of citizenship if they’re one of the 186,000.”
Jerry Holland also cleared up the situation with the 53,000 dead voters that were still on the state’s rolls.
“These are people who sometimes are residents of Florida but die outside of the state,” Holland said.
“They had done a special search through the social security administration, and that’s where these names came from and were sent to us in February.”
He said they have removed 3,218 deceased from Duval’s voting rolls since January 1st of this year.
He also says the 53,000 have been removed from Florida’s rolls.
About 3,600 non-citizens in Duval will have to prove their citizenship if they want to vote this year.