Law professor: Florida's new voting law may impact minorities

11/11/11 Jean Henry Telcy
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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy teaches courses in Election and Constitutional Law at Stetson University College of Law. She said minorities are likely to be affected by the new voting law, including disenfranchisement.

Torres-Spelliscy believes the law targets a population that includes many people who do not own a vehicle and have a difficult time getting to the polls. Because early voting on the Sunday before Election Day has ended with the law, Torres-Spelliscy thinks it could end church efforts to shuttle congregations to the polls.

At a book-signing in Tampa yesterday, former Tampa mayor Pam Iorio shared her thoughts on the new voting law.

Florida’s new election law isn’t the only obstacle for voters. Torres-Spelliscy said large corporations have a disproportionate influence on political advertising and can find loopholes to hide their involvement from the public. That’s because of last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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