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Settlement reached in Florida dispute over college voting

by Ace Damon
Settlement reached in Florida dispute over college voting

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) – Election rights advocates declared victory on Friday after Florida officials agreed to allow early voting sites on college campuses.

An agreement announced on Friday prompted the groups to withdraw the legal challenges presented last year, accusing the Secretary of State of trying to stifle participation among young voters.

Under the agreement, local election officials are again authorized to consider college campuses as early polling places. The deal also loosens restrictions on parking requirements – a point of contention among state officials who had previously suggested that restrictive parking restrictions on college campuses made them unsuitable as polling places.

The Florida League of Women Voters joined the Priorities USA Foundation and the Andrew Goodman Foundation in the lawsuit on behalf of eight young voters in Florida.

"We are pleased once again that the constitutional rights of our young voters have replaced party policy," Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters in Florida, said in a statement.

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