Florida Gets Access to SAVE Database
Published July 16th, 2012
ALACHUA COUNTY - Monday was the final day to register to vote in the August primary.
Now the state can prepare to move forward on checking voting rolls against a federal database of non-citizens.
Some believe the agreement could affect the upcoming presidential election.
"It can be used for political gain. One party versus another," said Trevor Jordan.
Jordan, a Gainesville resident, says he always hits the polls during an election. He has mixed feelings about the state having access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements database, known as SAVE.
"It's also a good thing because it can be rooting out people who shouldn't be voting," Jordan said.
Back in April, supervisors of elections received a list of 2,600 potential non-citizen voters from the state. Four of them were in Alachua county.
"They are going to go back and review that list of potential non- citizens and then my understanding is they will forward information to the supervisors after that," said Pam Carpenter, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections.
He told us the additional step of checking the SAVE file will give the state a more reliable list.
TV 20 stopped by the Alachua county Democratic party office to find out what leaders think about Florida having access to SAVE database.
"I think it's absurd. I think it's a waste of taxpayers money and think the governor should be focusing his energy to more important things that affects the state of Florida," Evelyn Foxx said.
Fox said the fact that state employees will need to be trained on how to use the file may cost money.
Chris Cate of the Florida Department of State said there will be no additional cost for the training, but it will cost $.50 for each name they check through the database.
"It should be something that should be concerned about all the time not just prior to an election," said Jordan.
Cate told TV 20 the agreement should be signed sometime this week and then the one- day training will begin.
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