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Debate over Florida early voting, ban on the college Campus
College students in Florida are now vote early on campus. The political analyst Susan MacManus said, because the state is the primary date late in comparison to others, it could be the participation of a large impact on the choice. Nearly 830,000 students enrolled in public universities and colleges nationwide, and early voting is especially popular among them, with 43 per cent casting ballots, the way in 2016.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A new court ruling that allows Florida college students to vote early on the campus of the state Senate and the Governor could say to shake up the race, political observers.
U.S. district judge Mark Walker ruled that in 2012, a decision by the state Secretary of state, prohibited early voting was a duty on the college Campus “one-sided”, the “discriminatory” and “unconstitutional.”
State law provides for the possibility of early voting in the state facilities, however, prohibit on educational Websites. But the question remained: What is as an educational institution? The answer is cloudy.
The interpretation of the law sparked a tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats over the question of whether the universities – consideration, a bastion of political liberalism – should be considered an educational Website.
The verdict comes just five weeks before the swing state primary schools, where Governor’s elections and the Senate is heated to be watching the race carefully.
In 2014, the J. Wayne Reitz Union at the University of Florida in Gainesville, campus, approval was refused for the use as an early-voting site.
Sen Bill Nelson, D-Fla., the decision on Twitter, applauded the ban, called the vote “a direct assault on the students.” Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is running against Nelson for the Senate seat, said in a statement that his office is reviewing the decision but declined to say whether the state is a legal remedy against the decision.
The dispute about the early voting locations began in the year 2014, if the Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, a Republican, said in Gainesville the election workers that they could not be requirements, use the University of Florida student union as an early voting site, because they do not meet, state.
Several college students and the League of women voters of Florida, called for the prohibition of signing on as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Detzner, in may, submitted.
“We want to make sure it is to vote easier for our young people, especially if they live in schools and universities, and there are polling stations that do not necessarily fit to you, you can’t have a car, you know, student life is very different from off-campus life,” said Patricia Brigham, President of the League of women voters of Florida.
The judgment is important because Florida is a critical swing state – and because of the early voting is quite popular among students. According to court documents, nearly 830,000 students enrolled in public universities and colleges across the country. About 43 percent of the college students participated in the early voting during the 2016 primary.
“Early voting also serves another purpose, with an early voting site on the campus of…reminds people,” Oh, Yes, I have to do this, and I can said it between classes, in the evening, or whenever,'” the political analyst Susan MacManus. “People may recall, if you are not registered, you must register and the General elections, so that they can participate.”
On campus, students said they were satisfied with the verdict.
“It makes me really excited, you know, agree that it is so much easier for me and my colleagues, considering the importance of a right to it,” said freshman Spencer Gorelick. “I think it’s going to be a really big change.”
In the 40-page decision, judge Walker denied that the “early voting “ZAR”, but said “don’t throw roadblocks in front of the younger voters from a distance serve the public interest,…not abridging the rights of voters.”
The decision requires each of the state of the 67 count to use, which allows the universities as early voting sites, but the choice of building supervisors to use the campus, if you want to do so.
After judge Walker’s decision, four of the ten largest public universities in the United States in Florida. Across the country, nearly 830,000 students at public colleges and universities.
It is unclear how many of the locations of the early voting in this year because it is allowed up to 15 days before an election, which means, in some districts, institutions of higher education must provide the pages, as early as August 13.
Each district will be responsible for the financing of the early voting sites.
Five years ago, the Republican-controlled Florida legislature tightened early voting before the 2012 election, the extension of voting hours and sites, only to backtrack after people waited for hours in long lines during the early voting period and on election day. The law changed again in 2013, expand the definition of the early voting sites to include government-owned community centers”.”
The Sunshine State election laws have been under heavy criticism since the chaotic presidential election in 2000.
Allie Raffa is a multimedia reporter for Fox News based in Tampa.