Two updates this week related to past stories on this blog.
As explained in the Palm Beach Post, the ACLU and League of Woman Voters challenge to the implementation of HB1355 was dismissed as moot and for a lack of standing and ripeness. The District Court found that most of the law had been precleared and that the few remaining sections under review by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia were not being enforced in the five Florida preclearance counties. The District Court held that “[t]he State is allowed to prepare for legislation that has been passed and implemented in non-covered counties.”
Meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed the headlines this week in the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Political Pulse blog: “Florida to federal court: Hurry up already” & “Florida election fight becomes battle royale” – the litigation over the State’s request to preclear the remaining sections of HB1355 (or strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional) continues with the State requesting an expedited review and the District Court allowing 29 interveners to join the case.