Couldn't be more straightforward. Here it is from the Cornell University of Law.
42 USC § 1973 - Denial or abridgement of right to vote on account of race or color through voting qualifications or prerequisites; establishment of violation
(a) No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision in a manner which results in a denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color, or in contravention of the guarantees set forth in section 1973b(f)(2) of this title, as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
(b) A violation of subsection (a) of this section is established if, based on the totality of circumstances, it is shown that the political processes leading to nomination or election in the State or political subdivision are not equally open to participation by members of a class of citizens protected by subsection (a) of this section in that its members have less opportunity than other members of the electorate to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of their choice. The extent to which members of a protected class have been elected to office in the State or political subdivision is one circumstance which may be considered: Provided, That nothing in this section establishes a right to have members of a protected class elected in numbers equal to their proportion in the population.
The "prerequisite" or the qualification is twofold 1.) the physical prerequisite of stamina to endure unreasonable time spent in line waiting, to discharge your duty as a citizen, and 2.) possession of the prerequisite unreasonable time itself. The second quantity, time equating to lost wages, reduced economic opportunity to be looking for wages, is in effect a commodity. A poll tax affecting all protected classes including senior citizens.
The governor and his secretary of state, and to a degree, the legislature stuffed the ballot with needlessly incomprehensible legalese of eleven statewide amendments. Many of which were not in dire need of immediate review of the electorate. The total amendments, not an "abstract" summation, as had been done in previous years, utterly clogged the system. Parties mentioned here, knew full well this would be the case.
The governor and his secretary of state and the partisan legislature knowingly and in collusion evident in the media record wherein the governor vowed a "bare knuckle brawl" for the 2012 election, worked in concert to cut early voting days from 14 to 8 days, despite the unreasonably, needlessly increased ballot size.
These combined to produce an environment hostile to voting, particularly where crowds gather, particularly within the minority community. A clear violation of the law.
Further, when petitioned to open up early voting, Florida Governor Rick Scott demurred, said nothing affirmative in this regard, and provided no legal justification for this failure to discharge his duty to the electorate; likewise the chief elections official, Secretary of State Denzner, who is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the election.
To the ACLU, NAACP, AARP, and anyone else with the legal backing financial resources and the civic heart, here is a clear path to victory and perhaps a method to remove our hideous governor, placing him in the mansion he so richly deserves: ten by six paces.
|Time IS money, remember?|