ACLU willing to sue if election bill passes

04/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
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In Tallahassee today, the House of Representatives debated a scaled down Elections Reform bill today that had received harsh criticism from activists and even Gov. Charlie Crist.

The new version removes a provision to eliminate as acceptable two forms of ID used mainly by older voters; requirements that paid petition circulators must register with the state; a requirement that voters who change their address close to an election must cast provisional ballots; and rules that would have made it a crime for anyone to interact with voters within 100 feet of a polling place. The first and last provision prompted the ACLU Thursday night to send a letter to Crist, threatening a lawsuit.

Muslima Lewis is a senior staff attorney and director of the ACLU of Florida’s Racial Justice and Voting Rights Project.

The ACLU always has serious concerns about expanding the"no solicitation zone,” that they say would be impossible to enforce, and make it impossible for voters to receive nonpartisan voting information at the polls.

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