JUST IN: Federal Judge Issues UNBELIEVABLE Ruling For Florida

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In a significant ruling, a federal judge has declared that Florida cannot implement a law that prohibits non-citizens from participating in voter registration for the upcoming 2024 election. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker, who was appointed by former President Obama, stated that a provision in Florida’s SB 7050, which imposed a $50,000 fine for noncitizens involved in handling voter registration applications, violated the equal protection rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

This ban also extended to individuals with legal permanent residency or green cards. According to NBC News, Florida is home to approximately 1.3 million lawful permanent residents, many of whom actively participate in civic activities such as assisting with voter registration or supporting political campaigns as they strive to become U.S. citizens or gain knowledge about the U.S. government. Last year, an emergency injunction prevented Florida from enforcing this law, allowing organizations involved in voter registration to employ non-citizens as part of their field staff:

“Walker’s decision Friday stems from a federal lawsuit filed last year by the Hispanic Federation and Poder Latinx, a progressive group aimed at registering and turning out Latino voters, along with three noncitizen plaintiffs. They were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and four other legal organizations. Frankie Miranda, the president and CEO of the Hispanic Federation, and Yadira Sánchez, the executive director of Poder Latinx, celebrated the judge’s decision in a joint statement Friday.”

“This victory continues to allow legal residents and others who have called Florida home for decades to continue helping their U.S. citizen family, neighbors, and friends register to vote,” Miranda said.

Sánchez added, per NBC: “We will continue to play a pivotal role in our communities, especially in mobilizing individuals to actively participate in our civic duties, thereby contributing significantly to our collective progress.”

The news outlet also mentioned that individuals with legal permanent residency status are required to wait for a period of five years before they can become eligible to vote as citizens. Previously, Cord Byrd, the Secretary of State for Florida, requested that Walker recuse himself from the case, arguing that he displayed a biased perspective towards Florida’s efforts to enhance the integrity of its voting procedures.

According to CBS News, Byrd’s office highlighted specific sections of a ruling issued by Walker on February 8 in a different legal battle concerning a 2021 elections law. In that ruling, Walker favored the state’s position after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his previous decision, which had concluded that the 2021 law unfairly targeted black voters.

In his ruling, however, the judge also wrote that Florida “has, with surgical precision, repeatedly changed Florida’s election code to target whichever modality of voting Florida’s Black voters were using at the time. That was not this court’s opinion – it is a fact established by the record in these cases (involving the 2021 law). Even so, following the state of Florida’s appeal, this persistent and pernicious practice of targeting the modalities of voting most used by Florida’s Black voters has apparently received the stamp of approval in this (11th) Circuit.”

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