Updated: Nov 3, 2011 11:21 AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida Panhandle teacher whose $1,000 fine for turning in student voter registration applications late says she was unaware of a new 48-hour deadline.
Dawn Quarles says there’s no way she could have gotten them mailed to the Supervisor of Elections office in time.
The Pace High School teacher may be the first person fined for violating Florida’s new election law. The old law gave third parties 10 days to turn in applications.
The Republican-sponsored law has drawn fire from critics who say it will suppress voting by minorities, young people and the elderly who often tend to vote Democratic.
She called the new law “crazy” and said it’s an example of why the United States has the worst voter turnout among the Western democracies.
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