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
New Report Highlights Need for Standards for Countywide Vote Centers Ahead of 2020 Election
As states nationwide replace precinct polling places with vote centers, election officials must choose locations in communities of color, ensure the sites are staffed with trained poll workers, and notify voters ahead of time of any changes, according to recommendations in a report released today by All Voting is Local.
Vote Centers: Potential Benefits for Voters, but Standards and Protections Must Be In Place
Legislators and state and county election officials have a responsibility to protect the right to vote and to ensure that policies and operational decisions do not prevent or discourage voters from casting a ballot.
Voting Rights Groups Call On State Officials to Ensure Florida Is Ready for Elections
Florida officials must act now to ensure the state’s online voter registration system (OVR) is secure, stable and free from technical glitches that have previously deprived voters from registering to vote.