Rick Scott's Voter Registration Laws Are Dead, But Democratic Voter Registration In Florida Has Plummeted
Yesterday, however, a federal judge signaled that he would sign an order permanently barring Florida from enforcing the new rules.
Here's an infographic highlighting the drastic change in voter registration from Rachel Maddow's MSNBC blog based on an analysis by The Jacksonville Times-Union.
Among other things, Scott's laws demanded that third-party voter registration groups turn in new registrations to the state within 48 hours to the exact minute, as opposed to 10 days. While many voter registration groups, like the League of Women Voters, are non-partisan, they tend to target groups like minorities and college students, groups that tend to lean Democrat.
"It has without a doubt hurt registration numbers," said Deirdre Macnab, president of the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Florida, told the Times-Union. "It really gummed up the works and made it harder for Floridians to get registered."
Much has been said about how Scott's laws were possibly politically motivated. Former Republican Party of Florida chair, the controversial Jim Greer, claims that the party discussed ways to disenfranchise black voters.
Scott's predecessor, Charlie Crist, who was elected as Florida's governor as a Republican, slammed the laws this past April in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed.
"These new measures appear to be a step backward in protecting the right to vote for citizens of the Sunshine State," he wrote.
In May, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle put an injunction on the new laws, claiming they were unconstitutional. Yesterday, he signed an order in which he signaled he would make the injunction permanent. The state will not challenge the injunction.
Other voter laws signed by Scott, including those that reduce early voting, are still in effect.
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