Florida Election Law Challenge Getting A Hearing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state administrative law judge is hearing a challenge to the simultaneous use of two conflicting Florida election laws.

Judge Thomas Crapps is hearing the case Friday in Tallahassee.

The American Civil Liberties Union and state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, a Tampa Democrat, want Crapps to void enforcement of two sections of a new election law in 62 of Florida’s 67 counties.

They cannot be applied to the other five counties unless approved by a federal court in Washington, D.C. because they are covered by the Voting Rights Act. Until then they are following an old law.

The challengers say that violates another legal requirement for uniform elections.

The challenged provisions reduce early voting days from 15 to 10 and require that voters changing out-of-county addresses at the polls cast provisional ballots.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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