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Civil Rights Groups Testify Against Florida’s Controversial Voting Law

Voting and civil rights groups argued on Monday during the first day of a highly anticipated federal trial that Florida’s controversial new voting law has had a chilling effect on efforts to register voters in the battleground state.

The case centers a Florida law pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and approved by the Legislature in 2021 that imposed additional restrictions on mail-in ballots and drop boxes and outside voting registration groups. Several civil rights and voting rights groups last year filed legal challenges to the measure, claiming that the new law discriminates against minorities, people with disabilities and older voters.

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