Posted: August 17, 2012
Court Refuses to Preclear FL Early Voting Plan
Yesterday’s busy day for elections cases included this per curiam opinion denying Florida’s request for preclearance of its early voting plan in Florida v. U.S. However, the court stated that Florida would meet its burden of showing that its plan was non-retrogressive if the state expanded its early voting hours in the five covered counties, and dismissed without prejudice. Additionally, the court precleared the state’s proposed procedures for deaingl with people who move within counties, fail to update their addresses, and then seek to vote in their new precincts.