Florida’s ‘one man, one vote, ample parking’ law challenged in court

This story was originally published in The Center Square on July 11, 2019.

A package of “election reform” bills signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis has apparently updated the principle of “one man, one vote” to “one man, one vote, ample parking” – a tweak the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWV) says was purposely concocted by Republican lawmakers to suppress early voting on college campuses.

The LWV Monday filed an updated complaint in its on-going legal challenge to a 2014 policy instituted by then-Secretary of State Ken Detzner that prohibited early voting on college campuses, claiming the new law that requires early voting sites have “sufficient non-permitted parking” encodes the same restrictions that a federal judge declared unconstitutional last July.

The language in the bill “echoes almost precisely the arguments made” last year by the state, said the motion filed by the LWV, the Tom Steyer-sponsored NextGen Florida and Priorities USA Foundation, a Democratic Party affiliated political action committee.