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Election Law Could Harm Minorities

Florida’s new election law would harm minority voters, particularly Blacks, and should be rejected, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Project Vote said in a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the letter, Black voters are more likely to vote early and to move than Whites, meaning provisions cutting back on early voting and barring voters who move from one county to another from changing their addresses at the polling place would be discriminatory.

The law is already in effect in 62 of Florida’s 67 counties; the other five must first get pre-clearance from the Justice Department because of their history of discrimination. The ACLU is suing to try to prevent the law from being used in the other 62 counties unless and until it’s pre-cleared.

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