April 04, 2022
Federal Judge Finds Florida Voting Law Unconstitutional in Case Brought by the Florida Alliance and Others
A federal judge struck down Florida’s restrictive voting law, S.B. 90, on Thursday, finding the bill that passed in 2021 to be racially discriminatory. “Older Floridians take voting seriously and we are grateful that the Court today struck down S.B. 90,” said Bill Sauers, President of the Florida Alliance.
“The Court agreed that this law not only made it more difficult for millions of Florida citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote but that it was intended to prevent millions of Floridians’ voices from being heard at the polls.”
The Florida Alliance filed a lawsuit on the day the bill was signed into law specifically challenging provisions that would make it harder for older and minority Floridians to vote, including:
- Imposing restrictions on drop boxes voters use to return mail ballots;
- Effectively banning organizations and volunteers from helping voters return their mail ballots;
- Requiring voters to request mail ballots more frequently; and
- Banning any non-poll worker from giving food or drink, including water, to voters waiting in line to vote.
“The Alliance is fighting to make sure every one of our 4.4 million members nationwide, and all older Americans, can exercise their fundamental constitutional right to vote,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Today’s decision shows that voter suppression will not go unchecked.”