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Federal appeals court rules changes to Florida’s voter signature law nullify challenge
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Federal appeals court rules changes to Florida’s voter signature law nullify challenge

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Florida legislature’s changes to the state’s signature match voting law nullify the challenge brought by Bill Nelson regarding his run for US Senate.

Nelson, along with the Florida Democratic Executive Committee, challenged Florida’s law which detailed the process for rectifying mismatched voter signatures.

A district court judge ruled to give voters extra time to claim their identity if the signature on the ballot and the one in the voter file had contradictory information. Government officials and state Republicans unsuccessfully appealed this decision, but the legal battle became moot after the legislature changed the law. The appeals court stated, “We previously dismissed moot appeals without vacating underlying district court order in cases involving appeals from preliminary injunctions and interlocutory orders, and see no reason to divert from that practice here.”