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Thu Mar 31, 2022, 03:11 PM Mar 2022

Florida must seek court preapproval to change some voting laws, judge rules

This is a major ruling on imposing preclearance on Florida

Florida cannot change certain voting laws without getting preapproval from a federal court for the next decade, a federal judge ruled on Thursday, saying the state has an ongoing and extensive history of discrimination against non-white voters that warranted extraordinary oversight.

US district judge Mark Walker put the state back under preclearance on Thursday as part of a 288-page ruling striking down new voting restrictions in Florida limiting the availability of drop boxes, and making it more difficult for third-party groups to register voters. “Florida has repeatedly, recently, and persistently acted to deny Black Floridians access to the franchise,” he wrote in his opinion.

Placing a state under federal preclearance is an extraordinary, and rarely used, action. A provision of the Voting Rights Act allows judges to place jurisdictions under federal supervision if there is evidence of intentional discrimination. Until Thursday, courts have not placed any states back under supervision since the supreme court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v Holder.
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Florida must seek court preapproval to change some voting laws, judge rules (Original Post) LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2022 OP
K&R onecaliberal Mar 2022 #1
Thank you, Jesus! And the Fed Courts. Baitball Blogger Apr 2022 #2
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