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League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote get back to work in Florida

by Dara Kam | June 6th, 2012

After a federal judge last week blocked portions of a controversial new election law signed by Gov. Rick Scott last year, the League of Women Voters of Florida and Rock the Vote will get back to work registering voters, the groups announced Wednesday.

“Failure was never an option in this battle against voter suppression,” said LWVF President Deirdre Macnab. “Now it’s time for our volunteers to work overtime to make up for lost ground. Our goal? To make sure every eligible Floridian has the opportunity to have their voice heard and their vote counted.”

On May 31, Tallahassee federal judge Robert Hinkle stopped a 48-hour turnaround requirement in the new law for third party groups to turn in voter registrations to elections supervisors and halted a requirement that the organizations submit to the state the names of all “registration agents,” including those who simply hand out fliers. Hinkle wrote that portions of the law dealing with third party voter organizations likely violated at least two federal laws.

While Hinkle’s preliminary injunction was not a final ruling on the law, he wrote that the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote, two of the plaintiffs in the case, were likely to succeed on the merits of their lawsuit, opening the door for the nonpartisan groups to resume their work. The LWVF had registered voters in Florida for more than seven decades prior to the passage of the law, now being challenged in a federal lawsuit in Washington.

Rock the Vote registered more than 100,000 new voters before the 2008 election, the group’s president Heather Smith said last week.

“Florida is an important youth vote state,” Smith said today. “This decision enables us to get back to the work of encouraging a new generation of engaged voters and future leaders.”

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3 Responses to “League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote get back to work in Florida”

  1. Searcher Says:

    Why do TEA-PARTIERS love voter suppression? They think it helps them. But it just shows FEAR! It must be sad to live that way….

  2. Jayne Says:

    To answer question posed by Searcher – it’s because they know they can’t win if they play fair.
    We have a lot of ground to make up – so glad that the League and Rock The Vote will be helping us in registering voters.

  3. Ross Khounthavong Says:

    It was so easy for you to say what I’ve been trying to say for so long. I know , however, that having a spontaneous performance with OTHERS, although attainable, would probably not make a performance appreciated by others. That kind of trust, in our world, would take more between people than our egos might allow. Too bad, huh? But you answered something I had trouble understanding…that is , why we lose our right brain abilities upon waking. Thanks.

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