Civil Rights Group Says Rick Scott Violated The Voting Rights Act With New Restrictions On Felons
|Wave bye bye to your voting rights|
Earlier today, the NAACP sent a letter to Scott and his cabinet, saying that in compliance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the changes must be submitted to the federal government.
"Section 5 serves as our democracy's checkpoint, requiring Florida to submit all proposed voting changes to the U.S. Department of Justice or federal court to ensure that they do not discriminate against minority voters," said John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Because five counties in Florida are covered by Section 5, statewide changes are subject to federal review, the association said in its letter.
But if this is true it may actually work against their cause. Scott hardly seems to mind defying the federal government. And like felon disfranchisement, the Tea Party governor just might benefit from another stand-off with the feds.
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