In yet another win in a string of victories for Florida Republicans, a recent voting law passed in the state, which was immediately challenged in the courts, received some relief for several of its provisions, the Washington Examiner reports.
A three-judge panel on the federal appeals court, in no uncertain terms, excoriated the lower court judge who originally froze the new voting law, citing one of the reasons as the law being too close to the upcoming primary election.
“The district court never once mentioned the presumption. And while we do not require courts to incant magic words, it does not appear to us that the district court here meaningfully accounted for the presumption at all,” the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel wrote in its decision.
The panel added: “For instance, the court imputed discriminatory intent to SB90 based in part on one legislator’s observation.”
At the end of the day, the appeals court issued a stay on the previous ruling while evaluating the state-filed appeal against that ruling. In other words, the new laws are meant to tamp down on voter and ballot fraud in the state following the disaster stemming across multiple states after the 2020 election.
Critics, including mainstream left-leaning news outlets like NBC, covered the appeals court ruling as allowing the “restrictive” new Florida laws to be enforced in the upcoming election.
A federal appeals court has ruled that Florida can temporarily reinstate its restrictive voting law ahead of the midterm elections. https://t.co/FEkrSxa9Ef
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 6, 2022
The language echoes previous false coverage of other states that have passed new voting laws aimed at cracking down on voter and ballot fraud opportunities, such as Georgia, Arizona, and Texas.
With any luck, other red states will continue to follow suit with similar laws so that American voters can rest assured in future elections that no matter how hard the Democrats try to cheat the system, it’ll at least be much more difficult to do so.