A Bush appointee, Judge Timothy Corrigan of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, has ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that reducing the number of early voting days from 14 to 8 would have an impact on/disenfranchise black voters. Cutting early voting days has been the pet project of Governor Rick Scott. (Think Progress):
The upheld law also gets rid of early voting on the Sunday before Election Day, which saw heavy turnout from African Americans in 2008. 33.2 percent of Floridians who voted on that Sunday were black, while 23.6 percent were Hispanic.
Before this case, Rick Scott was not having much success pushing his voter suppression efforts through the courts. Judges have halted his attempts to curb voter registration drives and purgeunconfirmed non-citizens from the voter rolls. Judge Corrigan’s decision will appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, a very conservative court with a recent history of placing ideology before the Constitution.
Is there something in the water of the Sunshine State that causes pols to be fixated on eliminating democracy via the sanctity of the vote of the people?