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Federal Judge blocks law that would criminalize assisting voters

Last week, Monday, a Federal judge struck down a Florida law that would subject third-party organizations that register voters to hefty $50,000 fines if the staff that assists voters have been convicted of a felony or aren’t US citizens.

In his decision, U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Walker called the law “Florida’s latest assault on the right to vote,” according to Politico.

Voting rights organizations say these laws will disproportionately impact AAPI voters with limited English and tech skills, especially the elderly.

Since it was signed into law by Governor DeSantis in May, organizations such as the League of Women Voters of Florida say their ability to assist with voter registration has been curtailed, such as being pushed to transition to offer predominately online services, without having the ability to offer help with the online systems to those unfamiliar with them.

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