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Florida Voter Restrictions Might Be Intentionally Discriminatory

Florida Voter Restrictions Might Be Intentionally Discriminatory

The Obama administration is in an all out war with Republican governors over their attempts to restrict voter rights.

First Attorney General Eric Holder sued Texas over its discriminatory Voter ID law in a case that could land the issue of Section 5 preclearance under the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court. Now the Department of Justice is going after the state of Florida hard with allegations that new voting restrictions  may have been passed with a discriminatory intent.

Florida has several counties covered by Section 5 of the VRA. Under Section 5, states with a history of racial discrimination must have any changes to election laws precleared by either the Justice Department or a panel of judges in Washington D.C. before they can go into effect.

The Department of Justice pointed to provisions in Florida’s new voting law that places restrictions on third-party voter registration groups, shortens the early voting period and makes voters who move to a different county cast provisional ballots as the most suspicious. For those changes, the state of Florida has failed to show that the changes “neither have the purpose nor will have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.”

There’s a long and ugly history of racial discrimination in voting, particularly in the South and it’s apparently not ending anytime soon.

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3:10PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:03AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

They MIGHT be intentionally discriminatory? Gee, Ya' think!?!?!?!

1:00PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Everyone already knows Florida elections are always fixed

8:41AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

of course

7:12PM PDT on May 28, 2012

I'm battling a disease and am fully disabled. I have trouble simply staying alive right now much less voting or even keeping tabs on changing laws. Lord, I'm a citizen, born and raised. I worked all my life....the best years of my life given to working my fingers to the bone and when I get sick, I get no help and voting is almost imposible. I can't jump through hoops to vote...I can't even get the medical help and I need to tell you, I'm getting very angry.

7:12AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Voter fraud isn't "below 1%", it's below .0001% Two people we know for a fact that committed voter fraud are Ann Coulter and Mitt Romney. Why aren't they in prison?

7:02AM PDT on May 16, 2012

"Might" be is the understatement of the decade.

7:59PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Ya think? Why is it the only states who make these discriminatory laws have Republican Nazi governors in charge? Does the KKK come out around election time too?

5:24PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Oh, marc, Elian had a father that wanted his son back. Those distant relatives in Florida tried to kidnap him. If someone had tried to keep my son from me in their little house, I would have went there with the police or a few friends and forced the door open, picked up my son. Then sued the hell out of them.

Where I live we don't have too jump through hoops to vote. When we register to vote we give information and sign the form. We just go to the polling place, give our name and vote. Signatures are checked. There has been NO voter fraud, except maybe three or four in the country in years. It is a non issue. Republicans want to win so much that they are trying to suppress the vote for the people who would normally vote Democratic. The poorest or oldest people who will be effected by these new laws have voted for years without a problem, and will find it hard or impossible to comply with these new hardship laws. This is despicable. We should be, as it used to be, encouraging more people to vote, not less.

Isn't it odd that now a student can't use their school I.D. but someone can use their hunting license to vote?

This voter suppression is UN-American, and unpatriotic. The tea party Rupblicans have no shame.

4:53PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Marc you have a way when you spread that rightwing puke still bs is still bs

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