Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) and the NAACP Florida State Conference (“FSC”) sent a letter to Florida senators expressing opposition to S.B. 90 and urging senators to vote no on the restrictive voting bill. S.B. 90 would impose unnecessary barriers and burdens that will disproportionately impact and other voters of color, voters with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income voters—and may violate federal laws, including the First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. S.B. 90 includes severe new restrictions on Vote-by-Mail ballots and would ban providing food, water, or “any item” to voters waiting in line. These restrictions would make voting by mail more difficult at every stage in the process, and exclude many Floridians from casting a Vote-by-Mail ballot. S.B. 90’s restrictive measures include unnecessary identification requirements to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot; require voters to renew their their request every year, eliminating current laws allowing voters to place requests for two years at once; significant limitations on the availability of ballot drop boxes; and restrict who is able to return completed Vote-by-Mail ballots on behalf of others.
Read the full letter here.
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