Voting Law’s Parking Requirements Create Controversy

A new Florida law that requires “sufficient nonpermitted parking” at early-voting sites has raised the ire of many who feel it excludes college-age voters from participating in elections by prohibiting on-campus voting. It’s become part of a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Florida, a group of students, and a nonprofit organization.

The law in question went into effect July 1 and requires enough nonpermitted parking for all anticipated voters at a voting site. Critics say it was a last-minute amendment ta larger election-law package and was designed to keep younger voters out of the polls; the requirement is nearly impossible to meet on a college campus. The lawsuit also notes it would be difficult to comply with in dense urban neighborhoods as well, and that parking shouldn’t play a role in election law.

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