Voter Suppression in Florida

Did you know Tallahassee politicians are trying to keep you from exercising your constitutional right to vote?

Read below for more details on HB 1355, Florida's voter suppression law. 

  • Florida’s new law is a voter suppression trifecta, making it harder to register to vote, harder to cast a vote, and harder to have your vote counted.
  • The voter suppression bill passed by Tea Party extremists in the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott clearly violates voters' rights by suppressing the votes of certain populations, particularly youth and minority voters.
  • This new law disproportionately impacts low-income and minority voters, who tend to sign up to vote through third party registration drives more than other population groups.
  • The chilling effect that HB 1355 has already had on teachers helping eligible high school students register to vote is illustrative of the overall negative impact this law has had on the involvement of specific populations in the voting process including young people and minorities.
  • We welcome this Senate subcommittee hearing in Tampa. This is a clear signal that key leaders in the federal government are taking voter suppression in Florida seriously.
  • The Florida GOP’s voter suppression law imposes arbitrary and unreasonable deadlines and steep fines for third party voter registration groups. Already the League of Women Voters and Rock The Vote have ceased to register Florida voters as a result of the new restrictions.
  • Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to testify at the hearing, as requested by Sen. Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Subcommittee, is further proof that Scott is complicit in Florida being regarded as the Voter Suppression Capital of America.
  • The Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights should take all actions in its jurisdiction to protect the right to vote in the Sunshine State, and undo this affront to democracy.
  • A study released last fall by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University estimates that nationwide, new voter suppression laws could discourage more than 5 million eligible voters from casting ballots in 2012.

Could you be 1 in 5 million?

Let's stop HB 1355 before you and other Americans are unwillingly forced out of the voting booth.

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