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Voting rights groups sue Florida over elections law

by Dara Kam | December 15th, 2011

A coalition of groups – including the League of Women Voters, Rock the Vote and the ACLU - filed a federal lawsuit today against the state over an election law overhaul now being reviewed by a separate federal court in Washington.

The groups are challenging the provision in the law that they say makes it more difficult for groups to conduct voter registration drives.

The lawsuit argues that the new law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott this spring, is an unconstitutional restriction on the rights of speech and association, is confusing and violates the National Voter Registration Act.

After more than 70 years helping to register voters in the state, the League of Women Voters of Florida quit its voter registration efforts after the law went into effect in May. The lawsuit argues that the league dropped its efforts out of “fear they will be unable to comply with the laws myriad requirements and cannot afford to risk incurring large fines or enduring the reputational harms that would result from even an innocent violation.”

The Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, also part of the lawsuit, argues that the new law will make it more expensive for them to register college students to vote. Rock The Vote, a national group that targets voters between the ages of 18 and 29, said it has called off registration drives in Florida because it lacks the resources the new law requires.

The lawsuit also argues that the new law disproportionately affects low-income and minority voters, who tend to sign up to vote through registration drives more than other groups. Critics of the law, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, say Florida’s law, one of 14 across the nation passed by GOP-dominated legislatures and governors this year, is designed to make it harder for low-income, minority and college student voters to register and cast their ballots.

A federal judge in Miami threw out a separate challenge on the law in October, saying it was too early to see whether the new law would be harmful. The ACLU was trying in that case to keep the law from going into effect statewide until it received federal approval for five counties requiring “preclearance” under the Voting Rights Act.

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2 Responses to “Voting rights groups sue Florida over elections law”

  1. Tighten Requirements Says:

    There are rules and regulations in our country.

    There is too much voter fraud. Showing a photo ID is not a hard thing to do when voting. I do that everytime I vote.

    I show ID when applying for credit, getting on a plane or ship, and if a police wants to see my driver’s license, I’ll show it. There is nothing wrong with requiring a photo ID.

    It is especially important in the State of FL as there are many snowbirds who vote in their home state and then come down to their SECOND HOMES and vote a second time.

  2. lescot Says:

    We Americans need to hire/fire, probationary period, give performance evaluations, etc., etc., to all federal government so-called political positions now. Let each hired congress member ask 2 questions in an interview of each applicant for the job of president and then hire the person they feel is best suited for the job with a 67% majority vote for that NEW HIRE as President. Then establish a 6 month probationary period for this person and again a vote of 67% in favor will keep that person in the job or less then out he/she goes and then next best applicant will go through the process. This same procedure could be used for ALL U.S. Government Members of the House and Senate, with all the rest voting on the best applicant for the job. Ultimately the people of each state voting to hire each and every one of the representatives from their respective states and also 1 senate member from each state. Then the Government would be run effeciently, because NO JOB would be secure for any length of time and NO Salaries would be guaranteed to last or increase, and NO RETIREMENT continuing salaries for those jobs until a minimum of 20 years has been served in some capacity of office in either the senate or congress or the presidency was satisfied. Let these people work for the American people the same as almost all American’s have to work a job for some company, corporation, or private business and let them learn what it is like to have to work for someone in a job that has No or Very little security unless they produce, just like almost all of the rest of the people in the United States of America. Lets have a WHOLE COMPLETE MAKE OVER of the Whole Process and Eliminate Politicians and the Political Process ALTOGETHER, AMEN & AMEN. Let us find the Power of the People Again. lescot lescot@sbcglobal.net

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