Battle over election law persists

Florida’s Republican-led Legislature passed a law a year ago over Democratic protests that overhauled the state’s election laws. Now the battle has moved to court, where several voting-rights groups are challenging it.

A couple of the law’s more controversial changes include reducing the days for early voting and requiring groups registering voters to meet tighter deadlines for turning in signatures.

Republicans say the law guards against election fraud. Democrats say the measure was intended to suppress voting — especially among younger and minority voters who are more likely to vote for their party’s candidates.

After the law’s passage, the Florida League of Women Voters suspended its decades-old practice of registering voters in the state, citing the risk of fines its volunteers would face under the new statute. The league is among the groups that have filed suit to overturn the law.

Today’s Front Burner columnists are Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and Lenny Curry, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

Read the columns here:

Howard L. Simon: Legislators suppressed vote without evidence of fraud

Lenny Curry: Measure protects integrity of elections and democracy

National scrutiny

-A U.S. Senate panel held a hearing in Tampa on the law.

-A federal court inWashington, D.C., is now reviewing the law.

Read more about it

-The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, makes a case for more stringent voting controls at

-The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law has joined with groups challenging Florida’s law. Its arguments against the law can be found at

-The National Conference of State Legislatures has a database on changes to voting laws in Florida and other states at its website,, under the legislatures and elections tab.