Florida criminalizes voter registration

Vote-registration groups
sue Florida over law
By Jim LoneyThu May 18, 5:44 PM ET

A Florida law that fines civic groups conducting voter registration drives violates free speech rights, harms low-income and minority citizens and should be struck down, a lawsuit filed on Thursday said.

The 2005 law has forced the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups to shut down nonpartisan voter registration activities, while allowing political parties to continue, the suit, filed in U.S. District Court, claims.

“This has completely shut down voter registration groups. These groups helped over half a million Florida citizens register in 2004,” Wendy Weiser, of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, said.

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