Two active federal cases dealing with the validity of recent changes to Florida’s Election Code remain pending in the Federal District Courts in the District of Columbia and the Northern District of Florida.
In State of Florida v. United States of America, et al. pending in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, the state filed this amended complaint seeking pre-clearance of several laws passed by the state legislature in 2011. The laws at issue are the third party voter registration requirements of Fla. Stat. 97.0575, the constitutional amendment signature verification and timeliness requirements of Fla. Stat. 100.371, the change of address requirements of Fla. Stat. 101.045, and the early voting provisions of Fla. Stat. 101.657. The state has also challenged the constitutionality of Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act requires Florida to get pre-clearance from the Department of Justice or the court before applying the new laws in Hillsborough, Hardee, Hendry, Collier and Monroe counties. The court recently entered this scheduling order which suggests that at least some of the issues might be decided within the next few months. UPDATE.
In League of Women Voters, et al. v. Kurt S. Browning, et al., pending in the Northern District of Florida, the League filed this amended complaint seeking a declaration that the third party voter registration requirements in Fla. Stat. 97.0575 are unconstitutional. The court conducted a hearing on March 1, 2012, on the League’s request that the court enjoin enforcement of the law pending outcome of the case. As of May 3, 2012, the court has not made a decision on the League’s request. READ THIS UPDATE