Appeals court reinstates Florida election law criticized as Black voter suppression

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a ruling by North Florida’s Chief U.S. District Judge, thus reinstating a 2021 election law that voting rights advocates have called racially discriminatory. Citing a legal precedent known as “The Purcell principle,” the 11th Circuit ruled that the upcoming Florida primaries are too soon to make a drastic change to state election laws at this time. The 11th Circuit, which is known to be one of the more conservative of the federal appellate courts, also commented that the district court’s ruling failed to incorporate a “presumption of legislative good faith.” 

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