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Court rules Florida officials will not have to process incomplete voter registrations

[JURIST] US District Court Judge James Lawrence King held Tuesday that Florida election officials will not have to process incomplete voter registration forms for the presidential election. Judge King found that the three prospective voters backed by the AFL-CIO and Advancement Project did not have legal standing to pursue the lawsuit, but did allow the union the opportunity to file a new lawsuit next month with people who meet the standard. At issue here were applications which failed to indicate anything in the citizenship box. The Advancement Project argued that the ruling will have a disparate effect on minorities. Blacks alone accounted for nearly 45% of the challenged forms in Duval county. Read the opinion here [PDF]. The original complaint is here [PDF]. The Advancement Project offers an MP3 audio news release on their suit. AP has more.

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