Voter Rights Advocates Sue Florida After DeSantis Signed Election Bill SB 90 Into Law
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping elections bill (CS/CS/CS/SB 90) into law on Thursday, May 6, 2021, that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even as they acknowledged that there were no serious signs of voting irregularities last November. Democrats and voter rights advocates said the partisan move will make it harder for some voters to cast ballots. To read the text of SB 90, please click HERE. To read about the announcement of the signing of the Senate Bill 90, please click HERE.
- One filed on behalf of NAACP suing Florida Secretary of State Laura M. Lee.
- One filed on behalf of multiple organizations (including the League of Women Voters of Florida), suing Florida Secretary of State, Florida State Attorney General, and all of the Florida Supervisors of Elections. ( *Patricia Brigham, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida said, “This law should be null and void. It is unconstitutional.” SB90 would restrict access to ballot boxes; it would require voters to update their vote-by-mail status annually.)
- Limits the use of drop boxes
- Limits who and when can collect and drop off ballots (penalty of $25,000 at line 1203, if given conditions are not met)
- Requires voters to request absentee ballots for each election
- New ID requirements to vote absentee (for third party groups that are registering people to vote, there is a penalty per registration if they do not hand these information in.)
- Concern of the Fourteenth Amendment violation