Florida officials were sued by a Democratic Super PAC Monday over laws that could limit mail-in voting for the presidential election in a pivotal swing state in the 2020 White House race.
The suit was filed in a joint legal challenge with Priorities USA, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and some individuals to counter terms they say could limit voter turnout from mail or absentee ballots in November due to the coronavirus, according to Politico.
The lawsuit reportedly named several Republican officials as defendants, such as Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisCalifornia dreaming did not become reality for Republicans Florida landlord requiring proof of vaccinations from tenants Anthrax was the COVID-19 of 2001 MORE, Secretary of State Laurel Lee, Attorney General Ashley Moody, along with some Florida election officials.
The state is an important one in the November presidential election. President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE narrowly defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE there in 2016 by just 1.2 percent of the vote. Some recent polling has shown presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE with a narrow lead over Trump in the Sunshine State.
The lawsuit complains that due to the coronavirus, mail-in, and absentee voting is an essential avenue for many voters to consider when deciding how to cast their ballots, adding that currents laws create blockades that could violate voters' rights in the state, Politico reported.
The complaint questions the constitutionality of Florida's Election Day receipt deadline for ballots received by mail, claiming that any ballot postmarked by November 3 should be accepted.
The case also mentions that postage needed for mailed ballots would be considered a poll tax, along with concerns that a current voter assistance ban restricts the right of association and free speech, according to the report.
Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil said in a written statement to Politico, "No Floridian should ever be forced to choose between their health and exercising their right to vote." He added that "Our country faces a once in a lifetime health crisis, local and state leaders need to make sure that every Florida voter has full, equal, and safe access to the ballot box in November."
The state has already received one other federal complaint requesting a change to voting rules during the March presidential preference primary, but that was pushed back by a federal judge, the report said.
Georgia, along with 15 other state primary elections have been postponed or changed to vote-by-mail as a result of the deadly virus.
Johns Hopkins University data confirmed Florida has reported a culmination of 36,897 coronavirus cases and 1,423 deaths amid the virus outbreak.
The Hill reached out to DeSantis's communications office but has not immediately heard back.