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Corrine Brown, Democrats file federal civil rights lawsuit to block changes to early voting



U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown announced this morning she is leading a federal civil rights lawsuit to block changes to Florida's early voting laws.

“Early voting has worked extremely well for all Floridians and especially for African American voters,” said Brown, D-Jacksonville. “In fact, more than any other racial or ethnic group, African Americans have come to rely on early voting."

The changes enacted by the Republican Legislature shorten the number of early voting days to 10 from 15 and eliminated voting on the Sunday before the election, as well as allowed county supervisors discretion over the number of hours polls are open.

The lawsuit asks the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Jacksonville to enjoin the Florida Secretary of State and Duval County Supervisor of Elections from enforcing the discriminatory and arbitrary changes to early voting in the state of Florida and in Duval County, the release said. "Specifically, these changes violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States constitution, Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 42 U.S.C. and 1973 (a) and the Florida constitution."

[Last modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 11:09am]


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