A judge said on Wednesday he would issue a permanent injunction against controversial restrictions on voter registration drives in Florida put in place under a new state election law backed by the state’s governor.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle temporarily prohibited Florida in May from enforcing parts of the law that tightened deadlines for groups conducting voter registration drives to submit registration forms.
In a ruling on Wednesday, Hinkle said he would grant a permanent injunction against the law’s provisions if the case is not appealed to a higher court. The state of Florida and civic groups have agreed not to appeal the ruling.
The case is among several legal battles over voting laws that have played out in Florida, which is expected to be a key swing state in November’s presidential election.
The law has been challenged by civic and voting rights groups, including the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote.
“This order is a decisive victory for Florida voters,” Lee Rowland, a lawyer for the Brennan Center for Justice, a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement.
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