New Florida elections law draws 2 federal lawsuits

TALLAHASSEE — After Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a major elections bill Wednesday, legal battles immediately began about new restrictions on voter-registration groups.

The League of Women Voters of Florida and the NAACP filed two federal lawsuits arguing that the restrictions violate First Amendment rights and will harm efforts to sign up Black and Hispanic voters.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill (SB 7050) last month and DeSantis signed it Wednesday, hours before formally announcing that he will run for president in 2024.

The law focuses heavily on placing additional restrictions on “third-party” voter-registration groups, including dramatically increasing fines for legal

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