League of Women Voters, others urge Justice Dept. reject new Florida elections lawby John Kennedy | July 15th, 2011
The League of Women Voters and other voter-advocacy organizations urged Justice Department officials Friday to reject the state’s new elections law, arguing that it creates hurdles for minorities and low-income voters.
The Brennan Center for Justice, Democracia USA and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law wrote federal officials critical of the new legislation, which is already subject of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and other groups.
In their 25-page letter, the organizations contend the law violates the Voting Rights Act. The league and others are asking that Justice Department officials examine three areas, alleging:
The law will restrict the opportunity and ability of citizens and grassroots organizations to conduct voter registration drives by imposing burdensome and wholly unnecessary regulations and red tape;
The law will reduce the number of days in the state’s early voting period, and possibly cut early voting hours as well;
The law will make it impossible for registered voters who have recently moved within Florida, from one county to another, to provide notice of their change of address on election day and still cast a regular ballot.