08 Aug '11, 2am

Senate Asks DOJ To Suspend Racist Florida Voter Law

Earlier this year Florida became one of the first Republican-led states to pass a restrictive voter suppression law. Among the restrictions imposed by the Florida bill are significant administrative burdens on voter registration and a reduction in half of the number of early voting days. But Florida’s law likely conflicts with the federal Voting Rights Act since the impact of the new law will have a greater impact on minority voters than whites. Because of those impacts the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has asked the Department of Justice to suspend the law . According to the request, the effect of the new law will intimidate volunteers and significantly suppress African-American voters: Florida saw record turnout among African-American voters in the 2008 general election in which voters had the opportunity to elect the country’s first African-American president. Mo...

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