The U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreed last weekend to allow Florida’s election officials to use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) to take non-citizens off Florida’s voter rolls.
And on an appearance on CNN on Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he hopes the actions Florida has taken to remove non-citizens from its voter rolls would create “a path for other states that have the same concern.”
“This is not a partisan issue,” Scott said on CNN, noting that the SAVE data was “very reliable” and that nobody wants non-citizens to be voting in elections.
Other states that will monitor Florida’s actions closely include Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nevada, and Michigan. These are some of the states looking to undertake a similar process to get access to the SAVE database in order to remove their non-citizens from the voter rolls.
“Access to the SAVE database will ensure that non-citizens do not vote in future Florida elections. I’m appreciative that the federal government is working with us cooperatively,” Scott said in a statement. “We’ve already confirmed that non-citizens have voted in past elections here in Florida. Now that we have the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security, our state can use the most accurate citizenship database in the nation to protect the integrity of Florida’s election process.”