Florida Supreme Court upholds provisional ballot law

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Florida voters who cast provisional ballots in the wrong precinct will have their vote disqualified, even if they are legally registered. The ruling is expected to affect residents who were displaced by the state's four hurricanes. The AFL-CIO labor union had appealed to the court to invalidate a state law that had limited voters to voting in their designated precincts. The US Congress created provisional ballots in the Help America Vote Act after the 2000 presidential election where some legally registered voters complained of being barred from voting. Florida and some 25 other states nonethless passed laws requiring provisional voters to cast ballots in their assigned precincts. The Florida ruling is seen as a victory for Governor Jeb Bush, who argued the law should be upheld because it reflected the intent of the legislature. Read Florida's law regarding the provisional ballot here. Read the Florida Supreme Court opinion here [PDF]. Reuters has more.

 

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