NAACP sues elections chief over early voting (Yup. You guessed it. Florida)
NAACP sues elections chief over early voting (Yup. You guessed it. Florida): "NAACP sues elections chief over early voting (Yup. You guessed it. Florida)
DELAND -- The NAACP filed a federal voting rights lawsuit Thursday against Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Deanie Lowe, plunging the county into an elections controversy just weeks before the Nov. 2 general election.
The suit claims that by having only one early voting site -- in DeLand -- Lowe disenfranchises black voters in eastern Volusia County, where the majority of black residents live.
A state law adopted in May requires county elections officials to offer early voting at the Department of Elections office 15 days before an election. Whether to open additional sites is left to local discretion.
On Thursday, black leaders came before the Volusia County Council at its regular meeting and asked county officials to use that discretion.
'We will not allow them to disenfranchise,' said Beverlye Neal, executive director of the Florida National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "