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Another elections challenge in Florida

by Dara Kam | July 2nd, 2012

State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, a pair of voting-rights organizations have filed yet another challenge to Florida’s election law.

Joyner, the ACLU and the National Council of La Raza are accusing the state of essentially creating two voting systems in Florida, a violation of federal voting laws that require “uniformity.”

The challenge, filed in the Division of Administrative Hearings today, deals with the Gov. Rick Scott administration’s decision to allow portions of the new law to go into effect everywhere in the state except five counties that require federal “preclearance” before election law changes can go into effect.

Section 5 of the National Voting Rights Act require federal oversight for elections in Hendry, Collier, Hardee, Hillsborough and Monroe – with a history of racial or language discrimination against voters. The federal law covers the Florida counties as well as six other southern states – Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia – Alaska, and counties in North Carolina, Arizona, Hawaii, and Idaho.

The U.S. Department of Justice, the ACLU, La Raza and other civil and voting rights groups are fighting Florida over the four most controversial portions of the election law in federal court in Washington.

Those portions include a reduction of the number of days for early voting and restrictions on when voters can change their addresses at the polling place. A federal judge in Tallahassee struck down two other portions of the law dealing with third party voter registration groups, but those remain at issue in the Washington case.

“These are not trivial changes of laws or practices that might be applied differently to allow for local idiosyncrasies; they bear directly on rights that are central to the electoral process,” the complaint reads. “The establishment of this dual regulatory system by the Secretary is the antithesis of uniformity.”

The new law does away with early voting the Sunday before the general election. But civil rights groups argue that’s the day that many black voters participated in “Souls to the Polls” when church-goers cast their ballots after attending services.

Critics of the new law say it is aimed at keeping minorities, low-income and college students – who helped boost President Obama into the White House four years ago – from being able to vote for his reelection in November.

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6 Responses to “Another elections challenge in Florida”

  1. GO OBAMA Says:


    Both state and federal elections.


    Clean house.

    All Democrats.

    Let’s Roll.

  2. Obama=Negative Says:

    We’ve had democrat dominance and just look at the mess they have created.

    Time to rebalance our country.

    Obama has NOT unified this country, he continually berates America- we-American- are, as Obama said: “ARROGANT, DISMISSIVE AND DERISIVE”-Obama’s OWN words when describing America.

    Obama continues to divide, not unify this country. He has shown NO ability to work with people IN America. It’s only Obama’s way, no others.

    Americans are not a country just made up with democrats. It’s a country made of MANY political views. Obama has shown he CAN’T, WON’T work with others.

    Mitt Romney WILL be a President who will compromise and work with ALL.

    This country needs unity. Obama has never offered that in the nearly 4 yrs he has been in office. He’s negative, negative, negative. He blames, can’t accept responsibility and divides.

    It is time to vote out ALL democrats JUST to REbalance our country.

    NO to ALL democrats and that is JUST to REbalance our country, not to dominate.


  3. Serious Debt for Middle Class Says:

    No one can dispute that President Obama sure likes to spend money. We’re $15 trillion in debt and it keeps growing.

    And how come, the heavy duty taxation of ObamaCare doesn’t start until after the 2012 election? 2014-taxation begins, was that purposeful?

    Nothing is free, the rich can’t bear the entire cost of the debt or even ObamaCare. The cost of the trillions in debt and ObamaCare will fall on the middle class taxpayers.

    Everyone must remember that over 45% of Americans do not, repeat, do not pay taxes.

    Those who do pay taxes are going to be hit with a very expensive tab.

    The excess spending of President Obama and ObamaCare will deplete any savings Americans have had.

    President Obama will not get my vote.

  4. Voxpopuli Says:

    Republican Hypocrisy
    Gov. Scott. , Sen. Rubio, Allen West, The Republicans and the Tea party are the true threats to America, Liberty and Freedom.
    They seek to subvert deny and destroy the very principles they clam to defend.
    They seek for their own, personal and political gain, their corrupt ideological vision to systematically deny citizens , and suppress the most important principal of a free and Democratic society, “An Individual’s Right to Vote”.
    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution said that “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge [lessen] the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”
    The 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Although ratified on February 3, 1870, the promise of the 15th Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century. Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the South were registered to vote.
    Excerpts from Letter to Citizens of the US #1 (LETTER I (The National Intelligencer of November 15, 1802)

    A faction, acting in disguise, was rising in America; they had lost sight of first principles. They were beginning to contemplate government as a profitable monopoly, and the people as hereditary property. It is, therefore, no wonder that the “Rights of Man” was attacked by that faction, and its author continually abused. But let them go on; give them rope enough and they will put an end to their own insignificance. There is too much common sense and independence in America to be long the dupe of any faction, foreign or domestic.
    In every part of the Union, this faction is in the agonies of death, and in proportion as its fate approaches, gnashes its teeth and struggles. My arrival has struck it as with an hydrophobia, it is like the sight of water to canine madness.
    a spark from the altar of Seventy-six, unextinguished and unextinguishable through the long night of error, is again lighting up, in every part of the Union, the genuine name of rational liberty.

    My reward existed in the ambition to do good, and the independent happiness of my own mind.
    – Thomas Payne
    This faction has again raised its head; its name is the tea party.
    We must be vigilant from All threats to our Democracy both foreign and domestic.
    The hand that comes to extinguish the torch of liberty comes wrapped in its flag.
    We all must exercise the Constitutional Rights that our forefathers fought and died for.
    Gov. Scott, The Republicans and the tea party are snake oil sales men extracting wealth by selling Poverty, War, Division and Suffering to the American People.
    We must not let Gov. Scott, the Republicans, and the tea party or any other entity subvert our Democracy by the systematic denial of an individual’s right to vote.
    We must make our voices herd.
    Corporations are not people.
    Money is not free speech.
    Register and Vote

  5. All that said Says:

    Wake up Tampa!!!!! Vote Joyner out!!!!!!!

  6. Searcher Says:

    If you WIN with all of the votes (and voter’s), you WIN! If you win with just some of the votes (and only selected voter’s) you LOSE. Do you want a real WINNER or as LOSER who manipulates the system? Your choice…..

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