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State asks federal court to lift injunction against voting law

The Secretary of State's office late Thursday afternoon requested a federal court to lift the injunction slapped against Florida by U.S. Judge Stephan Mickle. Mickle ordered Florida election officials on Tuesday to stop enforcing a two-year-old voting law that requires a match between voter applications and state and federal databases.

But so far state officials have not yet complied with the federal order - and now they have asked that the injunction be lifted while the state pursues its appeal. The request to lift the injunction warns that complying with the order will create "disruption" during a time when election supervisors are about to close down registration books for the Jan. 29th presidential primary.

"The preliminary injunction unquestionably alters the status quo," argues the filing written by lawyers from GrayRobinson, including Pete Antonacci. "The state's and Supervisors' focus on altering procedures to comply with the court's order will necessarily detract from their other critical election tasks in connection with the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary." Click here to read the filing: Download request_for_stay.pdf