Election Round-up: Voter Purge, Early Voting Fight, & Campaign Stops
By Tiffany Griffith
Jacksonville, FL —
Florida will once again be a well-travelled state by the White House candidates and their supporters. After a two day tour through Central and South Florida last weekend, President Obama will return to the same stomping ground next week - making stops in Tampa and Miami. The First Lady will also visit college-aged supporters at the University of Florida and Florida State with rallies in Gainesville and Tallahassee on Monday. The Republican Ticket will also return to the Sunshine state, with GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan rallying supporters in Pinellas County on Saturday.
The fight remains volatile over Florida's voter purge. The controversial list of 2,600 illegal voters is in reality only 207 names long, according to the state Division of Elections. But, the legal battle continues, with five voting rights groups and two individuals filing an amended lawsuit this week in Miami. It continues to put the heat on Florida for attempting to remove those supposedly ineligible voters. The lawsuit is based off of a federal law that bans "systematic purging" of voters, 90 days before an election, which is November 6th.
The Justice Department has approved the new law cutting the number of early voting days in Florida. That brings the number of days down from 14 to 8. A spokesperson for Florida's Secretary of State says this is a tremendous victory for Florida voters. This ruling excludes Hillsborough, Monroe, Collier, Hardee and Hendry Counties under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Right now, Congresswoman Corrine Brown has filed a lawsuit to try and return to the two-week schedule for early voting days. That court battle will play out right here in Jacksonville, with a hearing held on September 19th.
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