League of Women Voters of Florida

Under warnings about past failures, FL lawmakers launch redistricting efforts

BY: - September 20, 2021

A legislative process that will affect elections in Florida for years to come began Monday under the shadow of a history lesson on what not to do. Florida Senate Redistricting Committee Chair Ray Rodrigues, a Lee County Republican, opened the inaugural meeting with a review of the wrongdoings committed 10 years ago, in the Legislature’s […]

After brutal redistricting fight in 2012, FL lawmakers and voters brace for another in 2022

BY: - August 27, 2021

With little structure and no clear plan for public participation as COVID rages in Florida, state lawmakers will soon undertake one of their most impactful obligations to voters: redistricting. The detailed 2020 Census data released Aug. 12 — late in the season because of COVID complications — grants Florida one new congressional district based on […]

In the mask debate, docking pay for school board members hurt women politicians most

BY: - August 24, 2021

The fight over who controls schools during the COVID-19 pandemic could result in docking the pay of constitutionally elected officials on local school boards — most of whom are women. All nine members of the Broward County School Board, for example, are female — and eight of the nine voted recently to mandate masks at […]

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces take aim at FL compact with Seminole Tribe from different angles

BY: - July 7, 2021

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces appear to be united in fighting Florida’s new, high-dollar gambling compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But for different reasons, of course. Still under review by federal Indian gaming authorities, the compact ratified by the Florida Legislature in mid-May already has attracted a legal challenge […]

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Patricia Brigham: ‘Our democracy is precious and we must ensure that it remains intact’

BY: - June 4, 2021

Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, has been on the forefront of voter rights and gun issues for nearly a decade. Saturday, she’ll end her term as president, though she expects to work with the LWVFL in some capacity. “Our democracy is precious and we must ensure that it remains […]

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 […]

Senate’s toned-down voting bill fails to stop backlash from election officials and voting-rights groups

BY: - April 15, 2021

Republican state lawmakers are backing down from plans to ban ballot drop boxes and to make it harder to request mail-in ballots, but that has not quelled widespread criticism of their efforts to make it harder to vote in the name of election integrity. A coalition of leading voting-rights and civil-rights organizations will convene on […]

After MLB pulls game from Georgia, a top House Dem says ‘very bad’ voting bills could hurt FL tourism, too

BY: - April 5, 2021

As in Georgia, tourism in Florida could suffer if controversial election reforms pass here, predicts state Rep. Evan Jenne, co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus. In a rebuke of new Georgia laws restricting voting access, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday that MLB is moving its All-Star Game from Atlanta to another city […]

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, […]

Coalition of FL groups oppose expanding gun rights near schools

BY: - March 9, 2021

The Florida PTA, the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups  announced its opposition Tuesday to a piece of legislation to expand gun-carrying privileges near schools. Members of the coalition said the bill poses a danger to schoolchildren and staff, and they support an amendment that would maintain a ban on carrying concealed […]