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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.
On behalf of LatinoJustice PRLDEF I thank Representative Fudge and the members of the Subcommittee on Elections for inviting me to testify on the important subject of voting rights in the State of Florida. While it is safe to say that full compliance with voter protections in any State, including Florida, is always a timely and critical endeavor, this topic, and indeed this hearing, is coming at an opportune time for democracy in this State.
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
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed rule requiring Spanish-language official ballots throughout the state, which is the direct result of legal pressure, is commendable. However, the governor’s proposed rules are short on details and will not take effect until too far in the future. The law is clear: robust bilingual elections assistance is required. The state needs to comply with its obligations under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In a few weeks, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments to decide the fate of the “Citizenship Question” in the 2020 Census. LatinoJustice and Locke and Lord, LLP, along with some of the nation’s most prominent Latino, and other community nonprofit organizations, filed an Amicus, also known as a “friend of the court” brief. This brief details why the Supreme Court should affirm the district court’s ruling that the citizenship question is unconstitutional and that the subsequent undercount result in a loss of federal funding to several states and a severe reduction in political power, resources and participation in the Latino community.
“Finally, New York State will have sane, reasonable, accessible voter policies under a series of laws approved, and constitutional amendments proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. For far too many years New York, the State that can naturally tout its diversity, inclusivity and liberal policies for the country to follow, has failed to expand the franchise. Until today.
This article outlines ways that foundations are mobilizing to help protect voting rights and how one of those initiatives supports LatinoJustice's Voter Protection initiative.