Election 2020

U.S. attorney in Georgia quit under Trump’s pressure to reject election results

BY: - October 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump forced a top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to step down because he wouldn’t help Trump overturn his loss of Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, a U.S. Senate report released this week says. The report, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, found that the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of […]

Analysis: U.S. ‘Freedom to Vote Act’ would roll back new FL voting restrictions

BY: - October 5, 2021

Federal voting-rights legislation pending in Congress would countermand new rules in Florida that restrict use of ballot drop boxes and make it harder for voters to gain access to mail-in ballots, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. The progressive policy institute’s analysis, released Tuesday, says the “Freedom to Vote Act” pending […]

Investigation: Lax reporting laws allow campaigns to hide how millions are spent

BY: - July 6, 2021

In the final two months of the 2020 General Election, the campaign of Cal Cunningham, the Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina, shelled out $25 million to the consulting firm Screen Strategies Media, apparently for advertising. Sen. Thom Tillis, the Republican incumbent and Cunningham’s opponent, also spent large amounts on a […]

Federal court blocks FL limit on financial help for citizen’s constitutional amendment drives

BY: - July 1, 2021

A federal court on Thursday blocked implementation of a new Florida law capping campaign contributions that support citizen-initiated efforts to amend the Florida Constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and other voting-rights interests persuaded Judge Allen Winsor, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, that the cap may cripple […]

U.S. House backs select committee to probe Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Wednesday to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In a 222-190 vote that was almost entirely party-line, just two Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution, which calls for a probe into “one of […]

Citizen efforts to amend FL Constitution face cap on financial help, starting Thursday

BY: - June 30, 2021

Thirty-one active citizen initiatives to amend the Florida Constitution face a deadline Thursday that may, for some, dictate whether voters ever see them on a ballot. That’s because a new state law, Senate Bill 1890, signed into law May 7 and effective July 1, curtails how much money initiative campaigns may accept in contributions from […]

DeSantis enacts law reforming FL elections; opponents sue, and citizens will face voting hurdles

BY: - May 6, 2021

In a sweeping voting reform law enacted Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, Floridians will see far less access to vote-by-mail drop boxes, fewer people able to help voters return their mail-in ballots, and restrictions at the polls on giving food or even water to a voter, unless an election worker provides the sustenance. Those are […]

Voting-rights and civil-rights advocates call for veto of GOP-driven election reforms

BY: - May 5, 2021

Twenty voting-rights and civil-rights organizations told Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday that he should veto elections-reform legislation sent for his signature by the Republican-led Florida Legislature. The group includes the Fair Elections Center based in Washington, D.C, and Florida chapters of All Voting is Local, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause, Faith in Florida, […]

Election reforms — or voter suppression bills — forge ahead despite widespread opposition

BY: - April 26, 2021

Election reforms that proponents say make a great system better — but which critics call targeted voter suppression – passed the Republican-controlled Florida Senate Monday over strenuous Democratic objections. A similar but different version of the reform package is still pending in the House of Representatives. To become law, the two must be made identical […]

Glitches, loopholes led to “some of the chicanery” that occurred in elections involving some third-party candidates

BY: - April 14, 2021

In elections last fall, Florida’s Senate Democrats lost an incumbent colleague with the last name of Rodriguez, who was beaten by just 34 votes in a controversial three-way race. Months later, a Republican operative was arrested and charged with paying a man to run in that race as a spoiler to manipulate its outcome. That […]

Voter suppression: FL voting rights groups want corporations to follow denouncements with action

BY: - April 2, 2021

Voting-rights advocates in Florida took heart this week from powerful public statements issued by giant corporations condemning efforts to restrict voting in nearly every state in the nation. But they want the corporations to follow up with concrete actions that put down what the advocates call a national wave of voter-suppression efforts. “In terms of […]

GOP lawmakers move to get rid of drop boxes for mailed ballots; election supervisors protest

BY: - March 10, 2021

Over the objections of current and past election supervisors, a Florida Senate panel on Wednesday voted to advance a plan to remove ballot drop boxes that were heavily used to collect mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections during the pandemic. Former Sen. Alan Hays, a Republican who now is supervisor of elections for Lake County, […]