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Florida: LWV's lawsuit may not effect on this year's registration drives

The Times-Union reports: Confusion over how citizens can register to vote is threatening to muddle upcoming elections in Florida.

Voter registration drives statewide are under fire from a new state law that establishes stiff fees for groups who undertake them. The League of Women Voters is challenging that law. ...

The League of Women Voters of Florida is suing the state, saying the 2007 law will have a "chilling" effect on registration drives. They argue that the regulations disproportionately affect poor, African-American, Hispanic and women voters because they are twice as likely to register through a drive, said Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti, past president of the league.

The court battle over the law won't be resolved for at least two months. So the rule won't be in place for at least the Aug. 26 primary, Davis said. The registration deadline is July 6.

A federal judge has until mid-August to decide on a legal challenge to the law. Even if she decides it's permissible, it might not take effect before the registration deadline for the Nov. 4 election. The registration deadline for the November election is Oct. 6. -- Voter law threatens to cloud elections -- Jacksonville.com

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