A federal judge is preventing Florida from enforcing part of a new election law that prohibits noncitizens from processing or collecting voter registration forms.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge on Monday blocked Florida from enforcing part of a new election law that prohibits noncitizens from processing or collecting voter registration forms, saying the state cannot restrict individuals’ rights. individual and gave no evidence to suggest that it was necessary to do so.
The ruling also blocks a ban on third-party voter registration groups from keeping personal information collected when registering new voters.
The NAACP and other voter registration groups have sued the state over provisions of the larger election measure. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed on the same day he announced his candidacy for president. Opponents say it makes voter registration in disadvantaged communities more difficult, while Republicans say they are making elections safer.
“Florida was right to seek integrity in our electoral system,” wrote Judge Mark Walker. “Here, however, Florida’s solutions to preserving election integrity fall far short of the problems it presents as justifications.”