TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida officials are now saying they may not be able to double-check whether 182,000 registered voters are U.S. citizens.
Secretary of State Kent Detzner sent a letter Thursday requesting access to a federal database that tracks people who are visiting or working in the country.
He took the step because he learned the agency that handles driver's licenses did not have authority to access the database after promising to do so.
Florida compared driver's licenses with voter rolls to come up with its initial list. So far the state has sent the names of more than 2,600 people to local election officials. But local officials have discovered errors on the list.
Democrats and voting rights groups have called on Florida to halt the purge, saying it violates federal voting laws.