Latest lawsuit to challenge new Florida election law calls it racist, asks for federal oversight


A voter enters the polling place at Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Florida’s controversial new election law is discriminatory against Black people/ and other marginalized communities and will prevent them and seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income residents from voting, according to a new lawsuit filed in federal court in Tallahassee.

The suit is the latest of several filed against Secretary of State Laurel Lee and as a class action against all 67 county election supervisors to challenge the constitutionality of the law, which took effect immediately upon Gov. Ron DeSantis’s signature on May 6.

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Like the others, the suit asks the court to block implementation of the law, claiming it “creates major obstacles to vote-by-mail, curtails access to drop boxes, and criminalizes line warming activities such as providing water to voters.”

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