Lawsuit ends Florida’s early voting ban on college campuses
Early voting is a preferred method of voting in Florida, with as many as 68% of Floridians casting a ballot before Election Day in 2016. But until recently, colleges and universities were banned from serving as early polling locations by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. In 2018, The Andrew Goodman Foundation, the League of Women Voters of Florida, and six Florida State University and University of Florida students sued Mr. Detzner, challenging his prohibitive interpretation of the law. The plaintiffs also filed a preliminary injunction, which was granted by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, lifting the ban for the 2018 Midterm Elections. As a result, 11 college and university campuses will serve as early voting location this election season, expanding voting access to nearly 500,000 Floridians.