Spanish-Language Campaign Urges Florida Latinos to Vote Early or by Mail
Pa’ luego es tarde, ¡Vota! is committed to getting out the vote early or by mail across Florida, including rural and immigrant communities often disenfranchised by systemic discrimination.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2020
Florida Advocates Expand Access to Voter Registration and Vote-by-Mail, Expand Voter Education through Settlement of COVID-19 Elections Case
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2020
CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, [email protected], 212-739-7581
Today, a coalition of racial justice organizations filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida against Governor Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee for refusing to make reasonable voting accommodations for Floridians impacted by COVID-19. In a motion submitted by Dream Defenders, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, Advancement Project National Office, Demos, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF plaintiffs allege the state’s failure to extend vote-by-mail deadlines, adjust early voting dates, and expand mail ballot transmission options amounts to a denial of critical voter opportunities in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The state’s refusal to take reasonable emergency election measures will prevent Floridians from participating in Tuesday’s Presidential Primary elections.
Orlando, FL – In the midst of early voting for the Florida Presidential Preference Primary, legal and community organizations are reminding voters and county representatives that Spanish-language ballots, signage, assistance and related materials are required in 32 counties because of U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark Walker’s preliminary injunctive order in Madera v. Lee. The preliminary injunction is a result of the August 2018 lawsuit filed by LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Demos, SEIU and Altshuler Berzon LLP on behalf of civic engagement groups Faith in Florida, Hispanic Federation, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, UnidosUS, and Vamos4PR, and individual voter Marta Rivera Madera, a Puerto Rican, Spanish-speaking voter.