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Judge permanently blocks voter registration rules



A federal judge has permanently struck down the Florida Legislature's changes that sought to impose new restrictions on third party groups that register new voters in Florida.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued an order saying he would permanently remove the restrictions once he is notified that a federal appeals court has dismissed the case. Several voter advocacy groups, including the League of Women Voters of Florida, ACLU, Rock the Vote and Student PIRGs had challenged the new rules, and in June Hinkle issued a preliminary injunction saying the restrictions violated the First Amendment.

The changes were part of a rewrite of the Florida elections code approved by the 2011 Legislature. Deirdre MacNab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, said in a statement: "Florida's anti-voter law created impassable roadblocks for our volunteers, who have been bringing fellow Floridians into our democratic process for over 72 years."

The league and other groups have begun ramping up their voter registration efforts for the November election. The groups were represented in court by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law.  


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:35pm]


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