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League of Women Voters Wins Extension of Voter Registration Deadline in Florida
- Client News
- October 14, 2016
Working with the Brennan Center for Justice on behalf of our
client the League of Women Voters, Paul, Weiss won a preliminary
injunction directing the State of Florida to extend its voter
registration deadline in the wake of Hurricane
Matthew. Governor Rick Scott refused to extend the deadline
beyond October 11, despite the fact that an estimated 100,000
residents were unable to register because they were ordered to
evacuate their homes, elections offices were closed and postal
service was suspended. Federal Judge Mark Walker of the
Northern District of Florida ruled on October 12 that as a result
of the state's "wholly irrational" refusal to extend the deadline,
Florida's aspiring "voters are stripped of one of our most precious
freedoms." The court ordered that residents of Florida have until
October 18 to register to vote, concluding: "Hopefully it is not
lost on anyone that the right to have a voice is why this great
country exists in the first place."
The Paul, Weiss team was led by litigation partner Robert Atkins and counsel Farrah Berse, with associates Erin Elmouji, Kaveri Vaid, Ned Babbitt, Stephen Speirs, Tamar Holoshitz and Annie O'Toole.