Florida's new voting law immediately hit with lawsuits
Added 05-06-21 12:57:01pm EST - “Voting rights groups on Thursday filed a pair of lawsuits targeting a restrictive GOP-crafted voting bill, just moments after it was signed into law by Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.?” - Thehill.com
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Voting rights groups on Thursday filed a pair of lawsuits targeting a restrictive GOP-crafted voting bill, just moments after it was signed into law by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisCDC: COVID-19 cases, deaths projected to drop sharply in mid-July What's really going on down in Georgia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE.
The complaints, both filed in federal court in Tallahassee, claim the law, SB 90, illegally restricts access to the ballot box, with one of the suits alleging the measure will result in illegal discrimination against voters of color.
“SB 90 is a bill that purports to solve problems that do not exist," reads one of the suits. "[It] caters to a dangerous lie about the 2020 election that threatens our most basic democratic values, and, in the end, makes it harder to vote without adequate justification for doing so.”
The legal challenges come after Florida Republicans passed the measure on near party-line votes over the objections from civil rights groups and every one of the state’s 67 county-level election supervisors.
Public debate over the Florida law has been similar to the row over a recently passed Georgia law. GOP proponents argue the new restrictions are needed to ensure election integrity and bolster voter confidence, while critics deride the measures as a cynical ploy to suppress likely Democratic voters, including racial minorities, using former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE’s repeated lies about the 2020 election being subject to widespread fraud as a pretext.
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