Florida League of Women Voters

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 […]

Voting

Should all voters participate in the primaries regardless of political parties?

BY: - October 2, 2020

Had Amendment 3 — the proposed Constitutional amendment that promises to tear down Florida’s political primaries and build them anew — been the law in 2018, the general election candidates for governor that year arguably might have been two Republicans. The Democratic candidate, Andrew Gillum, would already have been eliminated. We can explain: The amendment, […]

Despite President Trump’s criticisms, FL elections supervisors say mail-in ballots are safe

BY: - May 20, 2020

Regardless of what President Donald Trump thinks, says and tweets, Florida elections supervisors are urging voters to request mail-in ballots to ensure every valid vote is counted as the presidential election looms. “Voting by mail is a safe way to go. It’s a secure process in Florida. In my 26 years of elections experience, I’ve […]

Constitution

Lawmakers want to make it much harder for citizen groups and voters to amend the FL Constitution

BY: - February 26, 2020

Floridians wanting to use the 2022 ballot to legalize recreational cannabis or expand Medicaid under the federal health care act will likely face significant financial and regulatory barriers. Those issues were D.O.A. in the 2020 Legislature. But supporters of recreational pot and Medicaid expansion are looking to the 2022 election to put those proposals before […]

FL League urges governor on Census: “The importance of the count cannot be underestimated”

BY: - October 25, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Florida is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to create a “complete count” committee and to provide state funding to ensure Florida receives an accurate count in the upcoming U.S. Census. Thus far, the Republican governor has declined to get behind any state effort, saying he sees it as largely a […]

Florida Capitol

Legislature takes first steps to “clarify” Florida’s felon voting rights law

BY: - March 19, 2019

Democrats and voting rights advocates blasted the first bill introduced in the Florida Legislature Tuesday that seeks to add clarity and definitions to Amendment 4, the constitutional amendment that restores voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million felons in the state. The measure, approved by more than 64 percent of Florida voters last fall, calls […]

gavel

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 6

BY: - September 26, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]

Gambling.

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 3

BY: - September 21, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]

What is going on in Amendment 6’s “Marsy’s Law”?

BY: - September 14, 2018

Who wouldn’t vote to give rights to crime victims? Voters must decide just that in November when they see “Marsy’s Law” (part of Amendment 6) on the ballot. Victims’ rights advocates say the law is overdue and necessary. Civil rights organizations say Marsy’s Law is not what it seems. Where Marsy’s Law comes from Tech […]