Amid growing concerns about coronavirus ahead of the March 17 primary, All Voting is Local, Common Cause Florida, Election Protection and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law urge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to extend the days and hours of early voting, extend the vote by mail deadline, open additional vote centers in all counties on Election Day, and use emergency funds to notify voters directly of any voting changes.
All Voting is Local, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Fair Elections Center and Southern Poverty Law Center today urged four county election officials to offer the maximum days and hours of early voting provided by state law--in advance of the March 17 primary election. Without more opportunities to cast a ballot early, election officials in Alachua, Broward, Palm Beach and Volusia counties risk subjecting voters to Election Day chaos similar to Super Tuesday, where voters in other states endured hours-long lines to make their voices heard.
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.
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.
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.
All Voting is Local today launched a campaign to text more than a million voters at risk of having their registrations wrongfully purged from their states’ voter rolls.