ACLU willing to sue if election bill passes listen04/24/09 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 Floridaâ€™s Racial Justice and Voting Rights Project.
The ACLU always has serious concerns about expanding the"no solicitation zone,â€ that they say would be impossible to enforce, and make it impossible for voters to receive nonpartisan voting information at the polls.