"One of Congress's concerns in enacting the provisions of the [Voting Rights Act] and [National Voter Registration Act], and one of the Department's concerns in enforcing federal law as enacted by Congress, is ensuring that state efforts to find and purge ineligible persons from voter registration lists do not endanger the ability of eligible U.S. citizens to register to vote and maintain their voter registration status," Perez wrote. "The federal statutes that the Department has called to Florida's attention here are longstanding requirements of which the State is certainly aware."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) defended his state's voter roll purge in an interview with Fox News on Monday.
"We found individuals that are registered to vote that don't have a right to vote, noncitizens and they voted. I have a job to do to defend the right of legitimate voters," Scott said.
Perez's letter is embedded below.