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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County Elections Officials Must Protect Voters When Implementing New Election Law
TALLAHASSEE - All Voting is Local Florida and Chispa Florida urged all 67 Florida Supervisors of Elections last week to use their local authority to protect voters as they implement the state’s new restrictive voting law - SB 90.
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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.
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.