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11 lawmakers subpoenaed in Fla. election law case

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Latino Voters Go To The Polls Early In Florida. ( Photo by G. De Cardenas/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two groups opposing Florida’s new Republican-sponsored election law have subpoenaed 11 Florida lawmakers in a federal court challenge.

The Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times reported the subpoenas on Tuesday.

A lawyer for the Florida League of Women Voters and National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic group, confirmed the subpoenas but declined to name the lawmakers.

The newspapers, though, said the subpoenas went to six senators and five representatives, all Republicans.

They include two senators who voted against the law, Paula Dockery and Mike Fasano.

Others include Sen. John Thrasher, a former state GOP chairman, and the sponsor, Rep. Dennis Baxley.

Opponents say the law is designed to suppress voting by minorities, young people and the elderly.

It reduces the number of early voting days and restricts voter registration drives.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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