Media, State News / May 6, 2021

Common Dreams: ‘This Is How Fascists Operate’: DeSantis Signs Anti-Voting Bill Behind Closed Doors for Fox News

By signing the bill, said the civil rights organization All Voting Is Local-Florida, "DeSantis is continuing a disturbing, nationwide trend of turning lies into legislation."

"The truth is during the 2020 election cycle, Floridians refused to choose between their health and the right to vote, casting vote-by-mail ballots in record numbers so they could safely and securely steer the fate of our democracy," said Brad Ashwell, director of the organization.

"SB90 weaponizes lies and uses them as a basis to exact a vendetta against Floridians, assaulting our freedom to vote. There is no integrity in restricting access to the ballot box.”

Media, State News / May 6, 2021

Tampa Bay Times “Gov. Ron DeSantis signs Florida voting bill in front of Trump fan club”

"Data from county supervisors collected by All Voting is Local, a nonpartisan voting rights group, does not show whether minority voters tended to use drop boxes more than other groups.

It’s also not clear how many Floridians would be prohibited from requesting vote-by-mail ballots because they don’t have a driver’s license, state ID or a Social Security number, although Brad Ashwell, All Voting is Local’s Florida state director, said such laws have a history of affecting minority voters.

“Study after study have shown they have a disproportionate impact on Black voters and other minority voters,” Ashwell said."

Media, State News / May 6, 2021

NBCnews.com “Fla. becomes latest state to enact restrictive voting law as DeSantis signs bill on Fox News”

"The bill "seeks to silence voters’ voices based on what they look like or where they come from," voting- and civil-rights activists from more than 20 local and national groups — including the NAACP and the Florida chapters of the ACLU and All Voting is Local — wrote in a letter to DeSantis sent before he signed the bill."

Media / May 6, 2021

Florida Phoenix: Voting-rights and civil-rights advocates call for veto of GOP-driven election reforms

The group includes the Fair Elections Center based in Washington, D.C, and Florida chapters of All Voting is Local, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause, Faith in Florida, League of Women Voters, NAACP, Sierra Club, and Southern Poverty Law Center.

Media, State News / May 1, 2021

MyCBS4.com: Voting law passes in Florida, with new restrictions on drop boxes

Director of the non-profit, All Voting is Local Florida, Brad Ashwell, said the new changes make it harder for people to vote. “It’s a pretty radical change to voting laws in Florida, and it really does a lot to decrease accessibility to voting rather than increasing it," he said.

Media, State News / April 30, 2021

CNN Politics: Florida Legislature passes elections bill that adds restrictions to voting

"SB 90 is a blatant violation of Floridians' freedom to vote and represents a direct backlash to last year's record-breaking turnout," said Florida State Director for All Voting is Local Brad Ashwell in a statement after the bill passed the House on Thursday night. "By erecting onerous barriers to request and return a vote-by-mail ballot, this legislature has made voting a test of stamina and resources rather than a statement of civic responsibility."

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