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Short truce in voting registration lawsuit

The showdown between the League of Women Voters and Secretary of State Kurt Browning will be on hold until this summer.

Both sides filed a statement in federal court in Miami on Wednesday that states that Browning has promised to not enforce a new voter registration law until at least July because the department is drawing up a rule. Because of that attorneys for the League say there is no need to ask for a federal injunction against the law, which imposes penalties on third-party groups that fail to turn in voter registration applications within 10 days after someone fills out the form.

Jennifer Krell Davis, a spokeswoman for Browning, said the agreement is not that big a deal because the Department of State did not intend to start enforcing the law anyway until it had passed a rule.This does not, however, deal with the underlying lawsuit in which the League wants the voter registration law declared unconstitutional.

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