During the 13 months beginning July 1 the year before elections in 2004 and 2008, registered Democrats increased by an average of 209,425 voters. From 2011 to this year, that number was 11,365. [Jacksonville.com]
EFFORTS TO BLOCK registration drives in Florida has disproportionately hurt the Democratic Party. So, League of Women Voters of Florida, Rock the Vote, and Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (PIRG) took their case against the tactic to court. Via Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog, news comes that there is victory at hand for voters.
Judge Hinkle has granted a permanent injunction, once the federal appeals court has dismissed the case..
Civic groups and Florida voters scored a decisive victory today when a federal judge indicated he will permanently remove controversial restrictions on community-based voter registration drives. Federal Judge Robert L. Hinkle issued an order stating the court will grant the group’s request to permanently remove the restrictions once he receives confirmation that a federal appeals court has dismissed the case. – Florida Victory: Federal Court Removes New Restrictions on Voter Registration Groups
As you see from the graphic at top, there can be no doubt who was hurt by efforts to block registration drives. It’s the difference between losing and winning a state for a political party, but more importantly, it depresses the vote by restricting registration of new voters.
Some times the good guys win.