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Judges in Florida and Texas Rule Against GOP Voter Suppression Efforts

HeadlineOct 24, 2022

Two judges dealt a blow last week to Republican-led efforts to intimidate and suppress voters. A court in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on Friday dropped voter fraud charges against a man who was arrested in August by officers with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s Office of Election Crimes and Security. Robert Lee Wood had a felony conviction but was unaware he was not allowed to vote under Florida law. Separately, a judge in Texas dismissed a charge against Hervis Earl Rogers, who was on parole when he waited over six hours on line to vote in the 2020 primaries in Houston. In Texas, casting a ballot while still serving a sentence — including parole — is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

In other voting news, the Sheriff’s Office in Maricopa County, Arizona, is investigating voter intimidation after at least two armed people wearing masks and tactical gear camped out near a ballot drop box Friday.

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