TALLAHASSEE – A federal appeals court overruled the federal judge assigned to the Disney World case who had ruled several voting laws signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2021 intentionally discriminated against minority voters.
In a 2-1 decision issued April 27, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said evidence didn’t show Florida lawmakers deliberately targeted Black voters when provisions limiting ballot drop boxes, third-party registration forms and engagement with voters in line were passed.
In March 2022, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled the laws were racially discriminatory. Walker is the judge who was assigned Disney’s lawsuit against the DeSantis administration regarding Disney’s control of the Reedy Creek district.