Arcia v. Detzner

This case was originally brought in June 2012 to challenge a program initiated by the Florida Secretary of State (SOS) to identify non-citizens who are currently on Florida’s voter rolls. The suit alleged that the Secretary’s actions violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), along with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.   The program was abandoned due to numerous errors and flaws in the list of voters identified by the Secretary of State.  However, some Florida County Supervisors of Elections did utilize the flawed list produced by the Florida SOS and notified voters that they had been identified as non-citizens. Many persons on the list were citizens however, and the Florida SOS never took any steps to reinstate or reassure the legally registered voters who had been mistakenly identified as non-citizens.  Instead, the SOS has sought access to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Database (SAVE) to cross-check his list of potential non-citizens and to continue and complete his planned systematic purge. Because the planned purge will violate both the NVRA and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, Plaintiffs filed a motion to file their amended complaint.


District Court Documents

Plaintiff Documents

To read the amended complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center and the plaintiff legal team (September 12, 2012), click here.


Defendant Documents



Intervenor/Amicus Documents



Opinions, Orders and settlements

To read the partial settlment in the case (August 22, 2012), click here.

To read the court's order denying the motion for an expedited appeal based on the State's promise not to remove voters from the rolls before the November election (October 16, 2012), click here.



Last Updated (Tuesday, 16 October 2012 17:49)

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