Patricia Brigham

Florida Capitol

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, […]

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 reforms: Only immediate family could help pick up and deliver ballots; but what if there’s no family close by?

BY: - March 12, 2021

In Florida’s capital city this week, Alan Hays appeared before state senators to talk about his mother. Hays is a former state lawmaker and Lake County’s supervisor of elections. How did his elderly mother figure into a hot debate in the Florida Legislature? The answer involves voters who want or need help picking up and/or […]

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 […]

DeSantis attacks mail-in balloting, despite no evidence of problems in FL; critics call it voter suppression

BY: - February 19, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis launched a full attack on mail-in voting Friday at a campaign-style event in West Palm Beach attended by a cheering, maskless crowd. DeSantis told the crowd he will help lawmakers to push state legislation to curb the use of mail-in ballots, ballot drop boxes and so-called “ballot harvesting” — echoing accusations made […]

‘A stone-cold up-and-down referendum on Donald Trump’: Will FL voters kick him out and pick Biden?

BY: - November 2, 2020

Whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden captures Florida’s 29 electoral votes largely depends on whether the Democratic Party manages to harvest nearly 600,000 mail-in votes that have not yet been cast — and also outflank the GOP in election-day voting. As of Sunday, the Republicans had returned more than 3.3 million mail-in and early votes […]

Dark money fuels effort to hinder FL citizens from changing Constitution — ‘It’s just the way it happened’

BY: - October 16, 2020

The organization that placed Amendment 4, which would make it twice as hard to amend the Florida Constitution, on the Nov. 3 ballot was Keep Our Constitution Clean P.C. The organization that solely financed its efforts, to the tune of $9 million in cash and in-kind contributions, was Keep Our Constitution Clean Inc. At least, […]

Amendment 1: $8.3 million and two words, for a “citizenship” issue that will likely confuse voters

BY: - October 9, 2020

Sponsors of proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 spent $8.3 million to give Florida voters the chance to change the words “every” citizen to “only a” citizen when it comes to voting. Alarmed? Confused? You’re not alone. Proposed Amendment 1 – “Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections” – suggests the absence of a citizenship requirement, which […]

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]

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 […]