Hearing set on early voting challenge

Published On: Aug 13 2012 02:39:31 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2012 02:42:08 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A lawsuit challenging the Florida Legislature's reduction of early voting from 15 to eight days will be heard by a federal judge in Jacksonville next month.

The case challenges a portion of a 2011 election law signed by Gov. Rick ScottĀ  that reduces the number of early voting days, gives county supervisors arbitrary discretion over the number of hours polls are open and eliminated voting on the last Sunday before Election Day.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, along with the the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Jacksonville chapter, several individual Duval County residents and the Duval County Democratic Executive Committee filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming that changes to the early voting laws are unconstitutional and discriminatory.

Judge Timothy Corrigan will hear the motion on Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Another section of the law placing limits on voter registration drives has been blocked by a federal judge in Tallahassee.

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