Independent political groups are hoping a judge throws out a new state law that restricts their ability to help register voters.
The law slaps hefty fines on so-called third party groups if they don’t follow strict rules on turning in the registration forms.
Democrat and Republican voter registration efforts are not subject to the new law.
Reggie Mitchell with People for the American Way says the state should be doing all it can to encourage people to vote, not throwing up obstacles to prevent legitimate groups from participating in the process.
Mitchell told reporters, “It’s undemocratic that the League of Women Voters and Democracy USA and ACORN and other groups that have the right to do non-partisan voter registration which is supported by this government, and they have the right to do partisan voter registration, just like the parties do.”
Supporters of the new law argue it’s designed to keep voter registration forms from sitting in piles and not getting submitted on time.
A ruling on the constitutionality of the new law is expected any day in the U.S. District Court of Miami.