Law professor: Florida's new voting law may impact minorities listen11/11/11 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.
Floridaâ€™s new election law isnâ€™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. Thatâ€™s because of last yearâ€™s landmark Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.