Federal Judge Blocks New Voting Law, Condemning It As “Florida’s Latest Assault on the Right To Vote”


FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo a sign is seen outside a polling place at the Boca Raton Library during the Florida primary election in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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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.

Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey, walk in the July 4th parade, Tuesday, July 4, 2023, in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Reba Saldanha)

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.

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