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Complaint for Florida COVID-19 Emergency Injunction and Declaratory Relief

Advancement Project National Office filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida against Governor Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee for refusing to make reasonable voting accommodations for Floridians impacted by COVID-19. In a motion that includes Dream Defenders, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, Demos, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF, we allege the state’s failure to extend vote-by-mail deadlines, adjust early voting dates, and expand mail ballot transmission options amounts to a denial of critical voter opportunities in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The state’s refusal to take reasonable emergency election measures will prevent Floridians from participating in Tuesday’s presidential primary elections.

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