ICYMI: Court Upholds Florida’s Commonsense Election Reforms
- BY FGA
Earlier this spring, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit announced its decision regarding Florida’s commonsense election integrity law, Senate Bill 90 (SB 90). As part of the appeal process, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) filed an amicus curiae legal brief in support of the reforms within the law.
In March 2022, a lower federal court found three reforms in SB 90 to be acts of “intentional racial discrimination,” placing Florida under the strictures of preclearance. On May 6, 2022, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order halting enforcement of the lower court’s ruling, which improperly found those provisions of Florida’s election integrity law to be unconstitutional.
One of the worst parts about the lower court’s ruling was the egregious requirement of “preclearance.” This would mean that Florida would have to ask the federal government’s permission to pass election reforms for the next 10 years.
Reversing this provision thankfully helped avoid a precedent that the Left would use and abuse to oppose any meaningful reforms across the country. The appeals court also reversed the lower court’s ruling that struck down Florida’s reforms regarding drop boxes and voter registration delivery.