Today, LDF and a coalition of civil and voting rights groups sent a letter opposing Florida’s Senate Bill (“S.B.”) 7050 and House Bill (“H.B.”) 7067, which will make multiple unnecessary and harmful changes to Florida’s election laws. These bills will make it harder for Floridians to register and vote, and undermine Florida’s reputation in previous elections as a gold standard of election administration. These proposed laws do nothing to make voting easier or more secure, nor do they address the problems of Florida’s labyrinthine process of determining voter eligibility.
The coalition wrote in opposition to the bills because of concerns that the requirements, deadlines, and fines for voter registration organizations these bills would establish are so harsh that the impact would be a gutting of community-based voter registration in Florida. Taken together, these changes create a framework that would make it extremely difficult for nonprofit voter registration organizations to operate. We believe this framework would have the harshest impacts on smaller organizations who are closest to the communities they serve. The bills also change the vote-by-mail process and provide voters with less time to request a vote-by-mail ballot and add other unnecessary administrative burdens on voters.
Read the full letter here.
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