voting rights

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 […]

FL faith leaders call on lawmakers to address racial disparities: ‘We are in the battle for the soul of this country’

BY: - April 14, 2021

Faith leaders from across the state warned Wednesday that pending legislation in the Florida Legislature will threaten the lives of minorities and likely increase racial disparities. Members of the Florida Council of Churches cited myriad concerns about curtailing voting rights and the freedom to protest, and curbing equal access to health care for low-income families, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Think every citizen has the right to vote? Not around here

BY: - March 29, 2021

Voting: It’s not for everyone. The Founding Fathers only wanted some of us to vote, not all of us, and who are we to question rich, white, slave-holding gents from the 18th century? To that end, the Republican Party is working overtime to make it much, much harder for the wrong sort to go around […]

Policing and voting: Republicans in FL Legislature and Democrats in Congress push in opposite directions

BY: - March 8, 2021

With Democrats now in control of Congress, lawmakers at the federal level are advancing policing reforms, expanding voting rights, requiring use of face masks on federal property, and trying to raise the minimum wage. But state-level Republicans in control of the Florida Legislature are moving in the opposite direction on those and other issues, creating […]

Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House

BY: - March 4, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. Even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, their slim majority in a 50-50 Senate […]

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We can create a Florida that is more just, more equal, and more free

BY: - January 18, 2021

Florida presents an ever-changing political landscape. One only needs to study Florida outcomes in general elections the past 20 years to confirm that. What doesn’t change is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida’s commitment to civil liberties, social justice and citizen participation in our state, despite shifting political winds. We don’t back candidates […]

Pennsylvania can count late-arriving ballots, U.S. Supreme Court rules

BY: - October 20, 2020

Elections officials in Pennsylvania can count absentee ballots that are received as late as the Friday after Election Day, as long as they’re postmarked by Nov. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday. According to NPR, the nation’s highest court declined without comment a challenge filed by legislative Republicans, who sought to override last month’s […]

By refusing to intercede, U.S. Supreme Court blocks felons from voting in next month’s primaries

BY: - July 16, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively denied thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — of Floridians who’ve been convicted of felonies the right to vote in the state’s Aug. 18 primary elections. The justices did so by refusing to lift an intermediate appellate court’s stay of a court order that would have allowed many felons […]

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Gov. DeSantis: This is not how you should honor Juneteenth

BY: - June 19, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis is going back to court in yet another attempt to keep hundreds of thousands of Floridians from voting. In a request for expedited review, attorneys for DeSantis chose to file their initial brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit by June 19. They want that court to overturn […]

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One great voting rights victory in a long, long battle

BY: - June 12, 2020

Many people take their right to vote for granted. But winning the right to vote for as many U.S. adult citizens as possible has been a never-ending battle since this country was founded. After the American Revolution, states generally granted voting rights only to land-owning or tax paying white males. Voting rights gradually expanded during […]