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
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.
Voting Rights Groups Urge Florida Election Officials to Add Early Voting Days
All Voting is Local, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Fair Elections Center and Southern Poverty Law Center today urged four county election officials to offer the maximum days and hours of early voting provided by state law--in advance of the March 17 primary election. Without more opportunities to cast a ballot early, election officials in Alachua, Broward, Palm Beach and Volusia counties risk subjecting voters to Election Day chaos similar to Super Tuesday, where voters in other states endured hours-long lines to make their voices heard.