From Slate: Judge Calls Florida’s Approach to Voting Rights Unconstitutional
OCT. 17 2016 12:02 PM
Federal Judge Excoriates Florida’s “Obscene” “Undeclared War” on Voting Rights
By Mark Joseph Stern
Poor Rick Scott! The Florida Republican governor had just one job this election season: Vigorously enforce the state’s voter disenfranchisement laws to disqualify as many Democratic votes as possible. Unfortunately for Scott, over the weekend, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker barred the governor from deploying one of his best disenfranchisement tools through two equally excoriating rulings. Both decisions provide an excellent example of the federal judiciary’s increasing skepticism over irrational voting restrictions.