Rick Scott Tried and Failed to Stop College Students from Early Voting

By X’s Dennis Carter, 7/27/2018:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) effort to end early voting on the state’s college campuses was ruled unconstitutional this week, as Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner (R) was ordered to tell all 67 counties that campus facilities could be used for early voting this fall.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Tuesday ruled that a January 2014 opinion passed down by the Scott administration banning early voting at colleges and universities violated the U.S. Constitution. Walker in his opinion wrote that trying to end early voting at campus buildings “reveals a stark pattern of discrimination” in the Scott administration.

The administration’s policy made college students “a secondary class of voters” in Florida, Walker wrote.

“Throwing up roadblocks in front of younger voters does not remotely serve the public interest,” Walker wrote. “Abridging voting rights never does.”

Walker in his opinion mentioned the popularity of early voting, especially among young people and college students.

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