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
Duval County Must Send Vote by Mail Applications to All Registered Voters
TALLAHASSEE- All Voting is Local Florida called on Mike Hogan, Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections, to send all registered voters vote by mail applications and aggressively expand education efforts to inform county residents how to safely participate in the August 18 primary and general election.
Advisory: Florida Voting Rights Advocates to Hold Town Hall to Dispel Vote by Mail Myths
WHAT: On Thursday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. EST, All Voting is Local Florida and advocates from Alianza for Progress, The League of Women Voters of Florida, New Florida Majority, and ACLU of Florida will host a nonpartisan telephone town hall to break down the myths and misconceptions about voting by mail. Although Florida does not require an excuse to request and submit a vote by mail ballot, the COVID-19 pandemic heightens the necessity for Floridians to safely and securely participate in our representative democracy.
Governor DeSantis Again Misses the Mark on Protecting Florida’s Election
All Voting is Local Florida state director, Brad Ashwell, issued the following statement on Governor DeSantis’ executive order on how Florida will handle the upcoming primary and general elections amid concerns of COVID-19:
“Governor DeSantis’ executive order is woefully insufficient to ensure that Florida’s elections this year are free, fair, and safe. DeSantis cannot allow our elections to repeat the debacles in Wisconsin and Georgia, where far too many Black and Brown voters had to risk their health to cast their ballots.