Democrats put Florida election law on trial


Democrats, stinging from a succession of oh-so-close election losses in Florida, will try to convince a federal judge this week to jettison a nearly 70-year-old law guaranteeing that President Donald Trump’s name will be listed first on the 2020 ballot in one of the nation’s biggest battleground states.

Denying Republicans the perceived advantage of “position bias,” as some call it, at the voting booth is part of Democrats’ broader strategy to pre-emptively build up a 2020 legal bulwark in Florida, which went for Trump in 2016 and remains firmly in Republican hands after voters elected Trump’s GOP ally, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, as governor last year.

And the legal challenge at issue at the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee on Monday, which was filed by the DNC and other party groups, is just one of several that will challenge Florida election laws ahead of 2020.

Already, lawsuits are under way over recent laws affecting early voting on college campuses, a constitutional amendment giving felons the right to vote and Spanish-language ballots.

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