Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) and the NAACP Florida State Conference (“FSC”) sent a letter to the Florida House of Representatives expressing opposition to H.B. 7041, and urging them to vote no on the restrictive voting bill. Earlier this week, LDF sent a letter expressing opposition to Florida’s S.B. 90, another restrictive voting bill. The restrictions placed on Vote-by-Mail ballots would disproportionately impact Black voters, impact the rights of Black voters and other voters of color, voters with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income voters. The bill includes unnecessary identification requirements to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot, reduces the availability of dropboxes, restricts who can return a Vote-by-Mail ballot on behalf of another voter, and subjects third parties who return Vote-by-Mail ballots to staffed dropboxes to strict, unnecessary identification requirements. In some cases, the bill makes it a crime to possess another voter’s ballot, regardless of intent. These severe restrictions would likely force voters to vote in person, leading to longer wait times and lines for all voters, or discourage Floridians from voting at all.
Read the full letter here.
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