All Voting is Local Florida is leveraging relationships with local and state elections officials to reduce the harm of the state’s new restrictive voting law. We are expanding voting access for eligible voters in jail and removing language access barriers for people with limited English proficiency.
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Brad Ashwell, the state director for All Voting is Local, said changes due to the law could keep a lot of voters away.
“Any time there is an obstacle to voting, it’s going to disproportionately impact more vulnerable communities and those communities that are already challenged by the existing system. That’s typically Black voters, Hispanic voters,” he said.
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“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,” said Brad Ashwell, Florida state director for All Voting is Local, a national voting rights group.
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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.”
In Florida, All Voting is Local led the charge to hold local and state elections officials accountable. We were at the forefront in calling attention to the state’s dysfunctional online voter registration portal, which had a suspicious history of crashing just before and on registration deadlines. When the site faltered on the registration deadline for the 2020 general election, we successfully demanded Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee extend the deadline, resulting in more than 50,000 Floridians registering to vote. In 2021, our continued advocacy paid off when the state legislature acknowledged the problem and enacted law to ensure the website remains online.