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 Deserves a Working Voter Registration Website, Not Willful Ignorance
TALLAHASSEE – All Voting is Local Florida State Director Brad Ashwell issued the following statement in response to Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s decision not to extend Florida’s voter registration period, following the system’s crash on the deadline day:
Shame On Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for His Voter Registration Extension Sham
TALLAHASSEE - All Voting is Local Florida State Director Brad Ashwell issued the following statement in response to Florida’s new voter registration deadline of 7 p.m. local time today. Gov. Ron DeSantis granted the insufficient deadline extension after the state’s voter registration website crashed for hours on Monday, October 5 - the original deadline to register for the general election
Governor DeSantis Must Extend Florida’s Voter Registration Deadline After Website Crashes
TALLAHASSEE - All Voting is Local Florida and 34 voting rights advocates today urged Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel Lee to extend the voter registration deadline for the 2020 general election to 11:59 p.m. on October 7. The request for an extension is in response to the state’s faulty registration website, which was down for hours on the day of the deadline, October 5.
Kerry Washington joined All Voting is Local and other advocates in the fight to get a Florida supervisor of elections to fulfill his professional obligation and inform residents of their voting options.
Registering to vote is the first action necessary to participate in our democracy. But in Florida, their voter registration website repeatedly failed to stay up and running just before the registration deadlines. After repeated attempts to get the Governor and Secretary of State to address the faulty website, All Voting is Local launched a multi-media campaign that drew increased attention to the issue and called for a permanent fix. Learn more at FixOVRNow.com