- Posted August 18, 2012 by
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Early Voting Rule Blocked in 5 Florida Counties
A federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has blocked a 2011 early voting law change in 5 Florida counties - Collier, Hendry, Osceola, Polk and Lee - which are subject to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. All other counties in the state may reduce early voting hours from 96 hours to 48 hours and close precincts on Sunday, according to an article from Reuters.
The US Department of Justice used the 1965 law to block implementation in those 5 counties. That block was upheld by the Appeals Court. Other provisions of the law are still pending which limits the state from filing an appeal at this time.
The state contended that the law does not discriminate, but the DOJ said that black voters would be suppressed. The DOJ noted that traditionally black churches use Sunday as a "get out the vote" day.
In Florida's other 62 counties the change took place immediately.
Still pending litigation is changes to 3rd-party voter registration changes.
From the Cornfield, the battle between the states and the Department of Justice continues.