From the infamous hanging chads of the 2000 election to long lines at polling places in 2018, Florida voters have faced countless barriers to the ballot. Time and again, elections officials make decisions that erect barriers to the same communities that know the harm of being disenfranchised: African Americans, low-income voters, students and people who don’t speak fluent English. In Florida, we are fighting to remove those obstacles and achieve these goals:
- Students and communities of color have more opportunities to vote early, in person.
- Voters who speak Spanish, Haitian Creole, and other languages receive ballots, voting materials, and support in their native language as required by law.
- All voters, no matter who they are or where they live, can vote without waiting in long lines at their polling places.
News from Florida
Governor DeSantis Again Misses the Mark on Protecting Florida’s Election
All Voting is Local Florida state director, Brad Ashwell, issued the following statement on Governor DeSantis’ executive order on how Florida will handle the upcoming primary and general elections amid concerns of COVID-19:
“Governor DeSantis’ executive order is woefully insufficient to ensure that Florida’s elections this year are free, fair, and safe. DeSantis cannot allow our elections to repeat the debacles in Wisconsin and Georgia, where far too many Black and Brown voters had to risk their health to cast their ballots.
Florida Officials Must Provide Updated Polling Place Information, Safety Precautions to Voters Before March 17 Primary
TALLAHASSEE--All Voting is Local Florida and the League of Women Voters of Florida urge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to immediately post online accurate, up-to-date information about widespread polling place closures statewide and list all safety precautions taken to protect public health, before tomorrow’s primary election.
Florida Officials Must Extend Early Voting, Vote by Mail Deadlines Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Amid growing concerns about coronavirus ahead of the March 17 primary, All Voting is Local, Common Cause Florida, Election Protection and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law urge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to extend the days and hours of early voting, extend the vote by mail deadline, open additional vote centers in all counties on Election Day, and use emergency funds to notify voters directly of any voting changes.