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But maybe Hinkle didn't miss the point at all – in his ruling, he acknowledged that determining citizenship "is not as easy as the state would have it" and pointed out that the state's purging system had "critical imperfections" that had the potential to harm legitimate voters. Still, he refused to block the purge.

Gov. Scott's office issued a press release calling Hinkle's ruling a "common-sense" decision and said it supported what his administration has been trying to do all along. However, according to the Miami Herald, the state has "voluntarily stopped pursuing a longer list of voters it has identified as potentially ineligible" until it can get better information.

So a federal judge says the purge methodology is flawed. The federal government says the purge methodology is flawed and illegal. And the state is voluntarily backing off on its aggressive pursuit of the long list of alleged non-citizen voters it wants to use to conduct the purge, because it knows it needs better information to do this purge thing properly.

That doesn't justify putting a stop to it, at least until this whole ugly mess is straightened out once and for all? Excuse us while we go purge.

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