The Southern Poverty Law Center and Fair Elections Center filed a lawsuit to challenge a Florida law that, among other things, requires groups engaged in voter registration activities to provide misleading information to voters that the organization “might not” submit the voter’s registration application on time and to direct voters to the state’s online registration portal.
The law imposes this requirement even though Florida already has some of the most onerous third-party voter registration laws in the country, imposes hefty penalties on groups that do not return voter registration forms on time, and has not had significant issues with untimely applications submitted by these groups.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Harriet Tubman Freedom Fighters, Corp., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses its registration efforts on new voters, particularly youth, communities of color, and returning citizens. In an updated complaint, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Florida and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida chapters joined individual voters with disabilities as new plaintiffs.
The complaint challenges the law’s misleading disclaimer and disclosure requirements. It alleges that the new law is void for vagueness under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, compels speech in violation of the First Amendment and prevents organizations from exercising their First Amendment rights of expression and association.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.