A Florida federal judge ruled that, for the 2020 presidential elections, 32 counties in the state had to cast ballots in Spanish.
As noted in Palm Beach Post, Chief Justice Mark Walker of Florida Gainesville’s Northern Division decided that for the Florida Primary Election scheduled to take place on March 17, 2020, the Spanish ballots must be in place.
Florida has 67 districts, and only half of the districts are now needed to administer Spanish ballots and to support those who do not talk English but can vote legally.
“Compliance with this Order is not optional. While the vast majority of supervisors of election are upstanding professionals who follow the law and court orders, do difficult but necessary work under tight timelines, and are often subjects of multiple bouts of litigation, there may be some who selectively interpret parts of this court’s orders or otherwise avoid compliance,” Walker wrote in his 16-page ruling.
He added: “This court will not hesitate to use every tool the law provides to enforce this order.”
The Palm Beach Post reported the decision, saying, “The order came in a case focused on Puerto Rican voters and part of the federal Voting Rights Act aimed at people who were educated in schools where the predominant language was not English.”
In 2018, 837,000 Hispanics were registered Democrats, 775,000 Independents, and 527,000 Republicans.
This is the second time that a significant government has acted before the 2020 election this month.
Last week, a committee of federal magistrates re-draw more than three dozen US congressional and state constituencies before the presidential elections of 2020, ordered Michigan’s Republican-controlled parliament.
The decision is certainly a huge victory for Democrats and could have a significant effect on upcoming elections.
The panel of judges gave Republicans until Aug. 1 to approve the district maps, which must be signed by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
If the legislators manage to redraw the maps and get their signatures signed by the Democratic Governor, the magistrates themselves will create the fresh maps of Congress.