gavel_and_judge.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A federal judge says he'll issue a permanent injunction against provisions in Florida's new election law that restricted voter registration drives.


U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said on Wednesday he'd take that action once an appellate court sends the case back to him.

Hinkle ordered a temporary injunction on May 31. It prohibited the state from enforcing the restrictions. They include a requirement that new voters' registration forms be submitted to the state within 48 hours of being signed. The order restored a previous 10-day deadline.

The state filed a notice of appeal but subsequently reached a settlement with civic groups that had challenged the registration drive restrictions. The state and plaintiffs jointly requested the permanent injunction.

The plaintiffs included the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote.