Voting Rights

LatinoJustice Applauds Federal Appeals Court Decision to Protect the Right to Vote Enshrined by Amendment 4

Orlando, FL - Earlier today, the federal Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a Florida federal judge’s 2019 decision enjoining restrictions passed by the Florida legislature last year that sought to impose additional limitations to Amendment 4. Amendment 4 was passed overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November 2018 and permits formerly incarcerated individuals to register to vote. The court’s decision found that it is unconstitutional to force the named plaintiffs, persons with prior criminal convictions and released from prison, to first pay off their financial obligations before registering because of their inability to pay their fines.

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. 

Florida Law Impeding Rights Restoration for Returning Citizens Goes into Effect Despite Public Opposition

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, cperez@latinojustice.org, 212-739-7581

Orlando, FL – This weekend, Governor DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 7066 which was passed by the Florida Legislature to override the will of the people and impose a fines and fees requirement to block people from having their right to vote restored. Below is a statement by Esperanza Segarra, Senior Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF:

Don't add Census citizenship question. It would damage all our daily lives for decades.

Don't add Census citizenship question. It would damage all our daily lives for decades - originally published in USA Today, link here.

The Census affects jobs, traffic and class size as well as federal spending and political representation. Don't mess it up with bad information.
 

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