New Florida Election Law Draws Criticism

May 21, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On the heels of a historic Jacksonville mayoral election with a narrow margin of victory, Gov. Rick Scott signed a major revision to Florida’s election laws.

After the law goes into effect July 1, there will be fewer early-voting days and it will be more difficult for a voter to change his or her address.

The law has drawn criticism from across the state and nation.

“This new law is going to make it very difficult for us to engage eligible voters in our Democratic process,” said Katherine Carithers, president of the Jacksonville chapter of the League of Women Voters.

Carithers is fearful her organization, which has been registering voters for nearly 90 years, may face penalties imposed by the new rules.

The new law will access a $50 fine for every registration form not turned in within 48 hours.

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