"If the goal is to discourage voter-registration drives and thus also to make it harder for new voters to register, the 48-hour deadline may succeed. But if the goal is to further the state’s legitimate interests without unduly burdening the rights of voters and voter- registration organizations, 48 hours is a bad choice."
Those words were written in the decision announced Thursday afternoon by Judge Robert Hinkle, ruling that that particular provision of the controversial elections bill passed by the Florida Legislature in 2011 should be struck down.
Previous Florida law allowed third-party groups such as the League of Women Voters to take as long as 10 days to submit voter registration cards into local supervisor of elections offices.
But other aspects of the law that opponents have found onerous remain.