Despite a warning from the Justice Department, Florida officials move ahead with a voter-roll purge; CUNY unveils plans to introduce Jewish minority label; and more.
Federal Judge Opposes Florida Voter-Registration Rules; State Moves Forward With Plans to Purge Voter Rolls
A federal judge ordered Florida to stop enforcing several voter-registration requirements that were enacted after a law was passed in 2011 to tighten election rules, The New York Times reported.
The judge on Thursday banned a rule that required third-party voter-registration groups to submit completed forms within 48 hours or face fines. He also opposed a provision that opens volunteers to possible felony charges if they register ineligible voters--even if they do it unknowingly.
State officials announced their intent to continue purging suspected noncitizens from the voter-registration rolls, despite a letter from the Justice Department warning them that the list of names was disproportionately people of color, The Huffington Post reports.
CUNY to Introduce Jewish-Minority Label for Faculty
The City University of New York introduced a racial category to designate its Jewish faculty as "White/Jewish," a plan discussed in its diversity-action plan. Although CUNY officials say that some faculty members had requested the label, other faculty members spoke out against the idea, saying that mixing religion with race would only add complications.