Sen. Joins CNN Suit vs. Fla. Elections Office


Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) Monday joined Cable News Network’s lawsuit against the state of Florida’s elections office, AP reported.

CNN filed suit May 28 in an attempt to access the state’s voter rolls.

The state uses the list to provide names of possible felons to county elections officials, who must review them to determine if individuals should be removed from the rolls.

Following the controversial 2000 presidential election, there were widespread claims around the state by people who said they were prevented from voting even though they weren't felons, AP reported.

“If the public cannot have access ... how do we know they're not purging someone who is not ... a convicted felon?" Nelson asked.

CNN filed the suit after the network was told May 24 that a representative would have to travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to view the list in person, and that copies could not be made, according to AP.