Court Ruling Makes Early Voting More Accessible

Early voting could be more accessible for younger voters, thanks to a federal court ruling this week.

The federal court overturned Florida's prohibition of early voting locations on college and university campuses.

Federal Judge Mark Walker issued a ruling against the ban, put in place in 2014, calling it unconstitutional.

In ruling against the ban, Judge Walker wrote that "throwing up roadblocks in front of younger voters does not remotely serve the public interest."

Walker's ruling does not require the state to use college campuses as early voting sites, but gives election supervisors the green light to use campus buildings for early voting if they should choose to do so. 

The Florida League of Women Voters, which had challenged the ban in May, was quick to comment on the ruling.

League president Patricia Brigham released a written statement applauding Judge Walker for the ruling.

"This is truly a victory for the citizens of Florida, especially with so many young people motivated to vote," the statement said.

Brigham added that the ruling demonstrates that "making it easier for our students to vote truly matters."

Brigham said it was the right decision, at the right time, for our democratic process. 

It is not known at this time if the state will appeal the ruling.


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