On Monday, a federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama, issued a preliminary injunction against Florida’s election law that imposed limitations on third-party voter registration organizations.
The ruling has been met with outrage from conservative Republican circles, who see the decision as an affront to the state’s right to govern its own elections.
The law in question, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in May of this year, barred non-citizens from handling or collecting voter registration forms.
In response to the lawsuit brought forth by one of the plaintiffs – an immigrant from El Salvador who works for “Mi Vecino”, a third party voter registration organization – US District Judge Mark Walker declared the election law unconstitutional and took a veiled swipe at Governor DeSantis in his 58-page ruling. In his opinion, Judge Walker wrote:
“Florida may, of course, regulate elections, including the voter registration process. Here, however, the challenged provisions exemplify something Florida has struggled with in recent years; namely governing within the bounds set by the United States Constitution.”
These words seem to be evidence of judicial activism – yet another example of liberal-leaning judges attempting to override state statutes which they disagree with and impose their own will upon local communities.
Proponents of SB 7020 argue that allowing non-citizens to handle or collect Voter Registration Forms opens up opportunities for fraud and abuse in our electoral system. This sentiment is shared across both parties; no one wants foreign interference in our elections and it is crucial that we protect our democracy against any threat posed by outside actors.
Despite this ruling being just a preliminary injunction rather than a final decision on whether or not SB 7020 should stand into law , it still poses serious implications for conservatives across Florida and beyond who support election integrity measures such as these.