A pair of lawsuits – not just one!
Just moments after the signing of GOP’s crafted voting bill in Florida, by Gov.Ron DeSantis last Thursday, numerous voting rights groups filed a bunch of lawsuits. The bill goes under “the name”, or, “the number” “SB 90″.
Both complaints were filed in the federal court in Tallahassee, and they claim that the bill is illegally restricting access to the ballot box, thus, implementing illegal discrimination.
“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.”
According to a report published by the Hill, regarding this issue,
” The legal challenges come after Florida Republicans passed the measure on near party-line votes over objections from civil rights groups and every one of the state’s 67 county-level election supervisors.
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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 Trump’s repeated lies about the 2020 election being subject to widespread fraud as a pretext.
Among the limits imposed by Florida, measures are new restrictions on the use of absentee ballot drop boxes, additional requirements on voters seeking alternatives to in-person voting, and a ban on members of the public distributing food or water to those waiting in line to vote.”
One of the lawsuits is personally backed by Dem’s attorney, Marc Elias. He filed a complaint, allegedly on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Black Voters Matter Fund, and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.
The second challenge is filed by Attorney Zachery Morris, brought by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), Disability Rights Florida, and Common Cause.
“The law’s suppressive and discriminatory provisions make it clear that the Florida Legislature’s goal is to erect additional hurdles to inhibit Florida voters, especially disabled voters, Black voters, and Latino voters, from accessing the ballot box,” Morris stated.