U.S. Judge Hears Registration Groups’ Case Against Voter Sign-Up Law

The League of Women Voters and other nonprofit organizations that wage voter registration campaigns challenged the state of Florida in a Tallahassee federal court Thursday [March 1], in a fight that could determine how many Floridians vote in November. The league and fellow plaintiffs Rock the Vote and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund are requesting a preliminary injunction against a state law enacted last year (HB 1355) that they say “unconstitutionally and unlawfully” makes it much harder for them to register voters and encourage them to vote. The law, passed by the GOP-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, shrinks from 10 days to 48 hours the time that such organizations have to file completed voter registration applications with the state. It also establishes a schedule of fines for violations – as high as $1,000. In addition, it requires that each organization sign an affidavit acknowledging the rules and penalties but also that each volunteer sign such an affidavit, acknowledging possible personal liability.  (Read Full Article Here)

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