From the article:
As the GOP celebrates their “accomplishments” down in Tampa, including their disenfranchising of voters, the state of Florida has scored a huge victory. A federal judge has stated that he will permanently block Florida’s restrictive voter ID law, after calling it “harsh and impractical,” in his previous ruling granting a temporary injunction:
The statute and rule impose a harsh and impractical 48-hour deadline for an organization to deliver applications to a voter registration office and effectively prohibit an organization from mailing applications in. And the statute and rule impose burdensome record-keeping and reporting requirements that serve little if any purpose, thus rendering them unconstitutional even to the extent they do not violate the NVRA. The statute and rule include other provisions that are constitutional and do not conflict with the NVRA; a primary injunction barring enforcement of those provisions is denied.
Judge Robert L. Hinkle issued his decision on Wednesday:
After entry of the preliminary injunction, four individuals moved for leave to intervene in support of the statute and rule. An order was entered denying leave to intervene but indicating that the individuals would be allowed to “file amicus briefs . . . as legal issues are presented for decision, so long as they hew faithfully to the record and make reasoned arguments under the law.”
The plaintiffs and defendants now have moved jointly for entry of a permanent injunction resolving all issues among all parties, that is, for entry of a final judgment. The four individuals who sought leave to intervene have filed nothing in response to the motion; they have not tendered an amicus brief or sought leave to do so. The deadline for taking any such action has passed. The motion for entry of a permanent injunction is unopposed and should be granted, consistently with the analysis set out in the order granting a preliminary injunction.