11 eligible voters denied right

Published On: Oct 02 2012 05:30:19 AM EDT

A Southwest Florida election official is sticking with a decision to remove nearly a dozen voters from the voting rolls, even though the state no longer suspects them of being ineligible.

Lee County removed 11 voters after the state listed them in April as part of 2,600 voters listed as being non-U.S. citizens.

But only one of those voters was included on a revised list released last week after the state double-checked names with a federal immigration database.

Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington says the voters were given due process. Two voters did not respond to certified letters, while the other letters were undelivered.

Harrington says the voters can use a provisional ballot, which will be counted if they give proof of citizenship.

One voting rights group is criticizing Harrington.


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