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Florida Advocates Expand Access to Voter Registration and Vote-by-Mail, Expand Voter Education through Settlement of COVID-19 Elections Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2020

CONTACT
Jeralyn Cave, [email protected]
Shanae Bass, Demos, [email protected]
Elianne Ramos, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, [email protected] 

Florida Advocates Expand Access to Voter Registration and Vote-by-Mail, Expand Voter Education through Settlement of COVID-19 Elections Case

New York Judge Issues Landmark Ruling Affecting More than a Million New York Voters in Advance of the April 2020 Primary Election

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York issued a landmark decision holding that New York State’s refusal to include inactive voters on poll ledgers used in polling places on Election Day violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.  The opinion, following a four-day bench trial in October 2019, requires New York State’s election officials to provide the names of inactive voters to poll workers at all polling places in New York.

Court Orders Expansion of Spanish Language Access in Florida for Upcoming Elections

Tallahassee, FL – Today, Judge Mark Walker, the Chief U.S. District Judge in Northern Florida, issued a court order granting a preliminary injunction requiring Florida’s Secretary of State and the Supervisors of Elections of 32 Florida counties to take further steps to comply with section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act. The order requires the Secretary of State to ensure that those 32 counties provide official ballots in both Spanish and English, Spanish language election assistance, and Spanish translations of other voting materials for elections beginning with the 2020 presidential primary election. 

Court Must Ensure Spanish Language Access for Voters in Florida’s Upcoming Elections

We applaud the Secretary of State’s proposed rule changes, but the changes are too vague and Florida must comply with the law while its rulemaking process takes place

Latino Vote Suppressed in Multiple Counties in Florida

Voter suppression is alive and well in Florida where our election protection volunteers reported multiple voting rights violations as well as coercion during early voting and we secured an emergency order in response to the violation of a federal injunction

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