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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 06:27 PM
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3. five Florida counties are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act...

...and this is being litigated before a Federal Court in the District of Columbia. i think there's at least an expectation that the Federal Government would uphold and enforce the Voting Rights Act.

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here's some background from the Brennan Center....
http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/state_of_... /


Five of Floridas counties are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires states to submit election changes to the federal government for review. States can do this either by seeking preclearance from the Department of Justice, or by filing a lawsuit before a federal court in the District of Columbia. The state of Florida originally submitted the new law to the Department of Justice for review, and the Brennan Center, alongside the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Lawyers Committee, and Democracia USA joined forces to submit detailed comments to the Department demonstrating that the law reduced opportunities for voting and unlawfully restricted voter registration and in the process, disproportionately hurt Floridas minority voters.

Before the DOJ issued its ruling on the Florida law, Florida pulled the controversial provisions of its election law from the Justice Departments review and chose to pursue approval of the changes in court, prompting the League of Women Voters of Florida and Democracia (now a voting rights project of the National Council of La Raza, or NCLR), represented by attorneys at the Brennan Center and the Lawyers Committee, to announce that they would, in turn, file their objections with the court. represented by attorneys at the Brennan Center and the Lawyers Committee to announce that they would, in turn, file their objections with the court. The groups have filed an intervention motion in Federal court to formally oppose the controversial new restrictions on voting and voter registration imposed by H.B. 1355.

The groups argue the law will erect unnecessary barriers to voting and voter registration and will disproportionately harm Floridas minority voters. The two groups are represented by attorneys with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, working in partnership with pro bono counsel from leading law firm Bryan Cave.

The groups objections focus on three key effects of the new law:

The law will restrict the opportunity and ability of citizens and grassroots organizations to conduct voter registration drives, which disproportionately register African-American and Hispanic Floridians to vote;

The law will reduce the number of days in the states early voting period, and eliminate the option of voting on the Sunday before an election a day with the highest level of minority turnout; and

The law will make it impossible for registered voters who have recently moved between Florida counties to provide notice of their change of address on election day and still cast a regular ballot, placing a burden on voters who tend to move more frequently, including low-income and minority voters.
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