In another legal setback for the Gov. Rick Scott administration and the Florida Legislature, a federal judge and the Department of Justice blocked a pair of thinly disguised voter suppression measures on Thursday. The reversals are among a string of extralegal measures, including a prison privatization scheme, pension clawbacks and employee drug testing that have been successfully challenged in court by opponents.
First came a federal judge’s preliminary injunction that blocks the enforcement of a law restricting third-party voter registration drives, such as those conducted by the League of Women Voters, calling the law’s restrictions and penalties “harsh and impractical.” Especially onerous and unnecessary was a requirement that documentation from voter registration drives be delivered to Tallahassee elections officials with 48 hours.
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