[This post was updated June 27th, 2012 with information from internal emails]
On June 19th, Ken Detzner, Florida’s Secretary of State, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (this opens in a second window if you wish to read it) secretary Janet Napolitano restating Florida’s desire to get access to the federal SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) Program database and rebutting the grounds given in the Department of Justice’s letter for not granting access.
His letter tried to achieve two goals. First, it tries to demonstrate that the process used to identify suspected illegal voters was fair, accurate, and diligent. Second, it rebuts the DOJ’s statement that the state did not meet the technical requirements necessary to access the federal database and show that the state should be granted access.
Did it achieve its goals?
The short answer: No and No.