Florida Republicans Targeted Black Voters, Says Justice Department

Florida Republicans intentionally targeted Black voters when they enacted new voting restrictions last year, the justice departm
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Florida Republicans intentionally targeted Black voters when they enacted new voting restrictions last year, the justice department said in a court filing on Wednesday.

The department told a federal appellate court that a lower court had correctly evaluated claims of racial discrimination when it came to Florida’s new law. In March, US District Judge Mark Walker blocked new restrictions on the availability of absentee ballot drop boxes, regulations for third party voter registration groups, and a ban on providing food and water to people standing in line to vote.

The US court of appeals for the 11th circuit paused that ruling earlier this year while it considers an appeal from Florida officials.

The justice department’s allegation of racial discrimination is significant because the agency carefully chooses when to get involved in voting dispute litigations filed by private plaintiffs, and the department’s voice carries significant credibility in court. Read more.

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