Florida’s new elections rules “appear to be a step backward in protecting the right to vote for citizens of the Sunshine State,” writes former Gov. Charlie Crist in a column published in today’s Tampa Bay Times.
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The Institute for Southern Studies yesterday released a breakdown of the changes to voter registration rules in Florida and how last year’s law has affected the number of registered voters as the presidential elections nears.
The Center for American Progress released a report today on voter suppression efforts carried out by Republican-led state legislatures around the country, listing Florida as one of “five worst states for voting rights in 2011.”
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has notified the panel currently reviewing Florida’s voting law that the federal agency is opposed to a provision that complicates the process by which voters may change their registered addresses on Election Day.
A last-ditch effort to expand early voting before Florida’s legislative session ends this week failed in the state Senate yesterday.
On Friday, the United States Department of Justice announced it will seek a trial regarding Florida’s controversial elections law overhaul, passed last year by the state Legislature. The law has drawn harsh criticism from civil rights and advocacy groups and has led to multiple legal challenges.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has announced the details of his subcommittee’s first field hearing into the controversial elections laws passed this year — the event is set to take place in Tampa, Fla., on Fri., Jan. 27. Durbin has also written a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting him to testify at the hearing.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida announced today that “along with the Brennan Center for Justice and the law firms Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Coffey Burlington sued on behalf of the League of Women Voters, Rock the Vote, and Florida PIRG, challenging the state’s new restrictions on voter registration.”
A report released today by a group that aims to increase youth voter participation blasts states for “actively restricting access to the political process,” and finds Florida is no exception.