A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against portions of Florida’s new election law, which would have prevented non-U.S. citizens from handling voter registration applications and made it a felony for registration workers to keep personal information of voters.
The ruling by U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Walker granted a preliminary injunction against the law. In his order, he wrote, “When state government power threatens to spread beyond constitutional bounds and reduce individual rights to ashes, the federal judiciary stands as a firewall.”
The order sides with several groups, including the NAACP, who argued that the law was unconstitutional.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed the measure in May, claiming it would be needed to ensure election security.
The judge’s ruling is a major victory for voting rights advocates, who have argued that the law would disproportionately impact minority voters. The injunction will remain in effect until the case is fully resolved.