Appeals court questions discrimination claims over election security law

  • Appeals court judges repeatedly questioned claims that racial discrimination motivated GOP lawmakers to tighten Florida’s election security laws
  • The Florida Legislature passed tighter restrictions on ballot drop boxes and other measures in 2021, but a federal judge blocked parts of the law claiming they were discriminatory
  • The appeals court repeatedly asked for evidence to support the lower court’s findings that racial discrimination was the driving factor in the passage of the law

TALLAHASSEE — Arguing that the ruling was an “insult” to Republican state leaders, lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and national GOP groups last week tried to convince an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s ruling that parts of a 2021 Florida elections law were intended to discriminate against Black voters.

The Republican-controlled Legislature and DeSantis approved the election-law changes as GOP leaders across the country pushed to revamp voting laws after former President Donald Trump’s loss in 2020.

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