Lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters of Florida, Black Voters Matters Fund, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and individual voters against all 67 Florida counties challenging voter suppression law Senate Bill 90. The case claims that SB90’s drop box restrictions, mail-in ballot repeat request requirement, volunteer assistance ban, deceptive registration warning and food and water ban violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
This case challenges Florida’s SB90, an anti-voter bill that infringes upon the right to vote in key ways. First, SB90 effectively bans organizations and volunteers from helping voters return their mail ballots, affecting elderly voters and voters with disabilities. Second, SB90 requires third-party voter registration organizations warn people registering to vote that the organization may not submit their registration on time, even though organizations make every effort to do so. Third, SB90 criminalizes giving food and water to people in line to vote.
The League of Women Voters of Florida was among the organizations that challenged the bill, arguing SB90 violated their constitutional right to vote and freedom of speech and association. Four cases challenging SB90 were consolidated for discovery and trial, with the LWV of Florida case named as the “parent case.”
The defendants appealed this decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which paused the decision of the district court while the appeal is litigated. This means that the previously blocked provisions of SB90 are in effect and Florida is no longer under preclearance requirements pending further action by the 11th Circuit.
The LWV of Florida is represented by King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. and Elias Law Group LLP.
LWVFL and partners file complaint
LWV of Florida files a complaint against Florida’s Secretary of State and other Florida election officials asking the court to stop Florida officials from enforcing the provisions.
The court explores the ways in which SB90 burdens elderly and disabled voters and voters of color. Cecile Scoon, President of LWV of Florida, testifies about how SB90 impacts voters and organizations
District Court rules against the key provisions of SB90
The District Court rules the key provisions of SB90 were unconstitutional and issues an injunction barring enforcement. Florida is also placed under preclearance for the next 10 years and must obtain approval from the court before passing any new laws related to drop boxes, line-warming, and voter registration organization activities.
Eleventh Circuit stays district court order
The Eleventh Circuit issues a stay of the District Court’s permanent injunction, so provisions of SB90 go back into effect.