Posted: June 1, 2012
Federal Court Blocks Florida Election Law
Judge Robert Hinkle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida blocked part of a Florida election law that critics say unduly restricts voter registration efforts. In an order issued yesterday in the League of Women Voters of Florida v. Browning case, Judge Hinkle granted the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. Judge Hinkle determined that the plaintiffs would likely succeed on the merits of their claims that the Florida law violates their rights under the First Amendment and the National Voter Registration Act. One section of the Florida law imposes a 48-hour deadline for voter registration groups to submit voter registration applications once collected, a deadline Judge Hinkle characterized as "harsh and impractical."