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Florida ACLU, League of Women Voters sue over new voter registration rules

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida announced today that “along with the Brennan Center for Justice and the law firms Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Coffey Burlington sued on behalf of the League of Women Voters, Rock the Vote, and Florida PIRG, challenging the state’s new


U.S. AG to speak about new voting restrictions in Texas today

By | 12.13.11 | 1:15 pm | More from The Florida Independent

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be giving a speech today about laws recently enacted all over the country that some say will suppress voter turnout among minorities, young people and low-income and disabled voters.

The speech comes during a flurry of activity following restrictive voting laws passed all More…

Elections expert: New Florida law could affect church efforts to get out the vote

By | 11.14.11 | 2:58 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a professor at Stetson University College of Law who teaches Election and Constitutional Law, told WMNF that Florida’s new voting laws could affect church efforts to get religious voters to the polls on the Sunday before election day.

U.S. attorney general: State voting restrictions ‘inconsistent with what we say we are as a nation’

By | 11.09.11 | 1:19 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Talking Points Memo reports that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed concern over states seeking to “restrict the ability of people to get to the polls” during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday.

Sen. Nelson asks U.S. attorney general to look into new voting restrictions

By | 11.03.11 | 5:54 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is taking on the state’s controversial new voting rules with full force. Days after requesting a congressional hearing on the law, Nelson has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the


Court won’t allow expedited hearing on new Florida voting rules

By | 10.28.11 | 6:24 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A U.S. District Court has denied a request by the state of for an expedited hearing on whether Florida is adhering to the Voting Rights in the five counties requiring federal preclearance.

New voting laws target LGBT persons, says Miami rights group

By | 10.26.11 | 11:52 am | More from The Florida Independent

SAVE Dade, a Miami-based LGBT rights group, says it has been “tremendously negatively impacted” by the state’s new voting law, which created new restrictions on third party voter registration.

SAVE Dade is one of many advocacy groups in the state that used to run voter registration drives before elections to More…

Legislator to Scott: Stop fighting Voting Rights Act

By | 10.25.11 | 5:04 pm | More from The Florida Independent

State Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, the House Democratic Leader-designate, has written an open letter to Gov. Rick Scott criticizing the state’s latest effort to undermine the Voting Rights Act.

Judge dismisses ACLU challenge to implementation of new elections rules

By | 10.18.11 | 5:46 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A Miami judge today threw out a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the state’s plans to implement its controversial elections overhaul in 62 counties while a handful of other counties await preclearance from the federal government.

DOJ challenges Texas’ new congressional, House seat maps

By | 09.19.11 | 3:28 pm

Friday saw the end of the first act in Texas’ fight over new district maps drawn by the State Legislature earlier this year. Today, the U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on the maps for the first time, opening in the next chapter of this epic courtroom drama.