Judge strikes down portions of Florida’s law overhauling election system

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s sweeping overhaul of its election system, which was passed following the 2020 election, has been mostly struck down.

In a lengthy federal court ruling, Judge Mark Walker struck down several provisions in the law while also ruling that Florida must obtain preclearance from the federal court before any new election laws in key areas.

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In his ruling the judge said, “Florida has repeatedly sought to make voting tougher for Black voters because of their propensity to favor Democratic candidates.”

The case centered around the state’s crackdown on ballot drop boxes and requirements for third-party election groups.

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The state is expected to appeal.

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