Arthenia Joyner

ACLU sues Rick Scott to stop ‘voter suppression’

Jim Crow  laws seem to be alive and well in FL and other states adopting similar laws…

The Miami Herald

Rick Scott is sued for the fifth time in almost six months, this time for  signing a law that civil libertarians say violates the Voting Rights Act.

A pair of liberal-leaning groups sued Gov. Rick Scott on Friday to block an  elections law that they say amounts to “voter suppression.”

The ACLU of Florida and Project Vote filed the suit in the hopes that it  would stop Miami-Dade County from shortening the number of early-voting days  before its June 28 mayoral elections.

The new law shortens the early voting days – but not necessarily the number  of total hours – from 14 to eight days. It also requires an out-of-county voter  who tries to change his voting precinct on Election Day to cast a provisional  ballot, which can be more easily challenged. Also, the law cracks down on  third-party registration groups.

One of the plaintiffs, Tampa Sen. Arthenia Joyner, said the bill  passed by the Republican-led Legislature is an example of a “rank partisan  agenda” that disproportionately hurts minorities.

“It is un-American to make it a burden to vote. Too many people fought and  died for this right,” Joyner, a Democrat said. “This is an abomination. And it’s  unconscionable.”

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