Secretary of state asks judge to throw out lawsuit over new Florida election restriction law

Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee is asking a federal judge to toss out a challenge to a new elections law slammed by Democrats and others because it includes new restrictions on voting. Lee last week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed in May by the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, Disability Rights Florida and Common Cause, one of three challenges to the elections law, which has drawn national attention. The motion describes the lawsuit as a “shotgun” complaint that does not properly spell out allegations and contends that Lee should not be a defendant. Unlike the other two challenges, Lee is the only defendant in the first lawsuit. Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida

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