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Scott cheers SCOTUS ruling on Voting Rights Act




Gov. Rick Scott praised the decision that invalidated the 40-year old coverage formula used to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act in five counties on the preclearance list: Hillsborough, Monroe, Collier, Hardee and Hendry. 

"Any time that we have the opportunity to make our own decisions, I think that's great for our state," the governor said.

Two years ago, Scott's administration tried without success to have the pre-clearance process removed from the review of a series of election law changes, arguing that the 40-year-old formula was "arbitrary and irrational."

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:49pm]


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