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League of Women Voters Ready to Register Voters Once Again

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One of the state's largest voter education groups has decided to once again start registering new voters. This comes on the heels of a judge's decision to overturn part of Florida's new voter registration law.

Last week, a Federal district court judge ordered the state to stop enforcing new restrictions on registering voters.

In particular, he struck down a provision saying groups had to file paperwork within 48 hours - or face fines. That forced groups like Rock the Vote and the League of Women Voters to stop registering people - so they sued the state. Darden Rice is with the League's St. Petersburg chapter.

"We are so looking forward to getting back to work, bringing eligible citizens back to the voter rolls," she says. "This is our core mission, and in Florida, it's what we've been doing for 72 years. And we've been waiting for this day for many months."

Rice says the judge's decision is especially important because of the upcoming presidential election.

"We've got big issues facing us, from access to jobs, education, health care, our nation's future in the world. All these things impact our lives," she says. "And that's why the League cares so deeply about making sure every single person has a chance to participate to vote."

A separate federal lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice is still working its way through the legal system. That came after complaints that the state is wrongly scrubbing voters from the rolls. A number of voters have received letters questioning their citizenship - including two World War II veterans.