In response to the approval of former Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran as Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education, LWV of Florida President Patricia Brigham issued the following statement:
[Read more…] about Statement on Commissioner of Education Approval
League of Women Voters of Florida
The 2018 election revealed many serious deficiencies in Florida’s elections process. Improperly designed ballots, broken voting machines, too few early voting days, a continuing failure to provide adequate minority language access to election materials and assistance at the polls for voters with limited English proficiency, improper denial of vote-by-mail ballots, polling locations illegally secured in gated communities, long lines at polling locations, and unfounded allegations of fraud were some of the most troubling problems. These voter suppression tactics disproportionately impact racial and language minorities, the elderly, and student voters. [Read more…] about Coalition Calls on Governor-elect and Legislature for Election Reforms
In response to pressures from political campaigns on Florida’s Supervisors of Elections, League of Women Voters of Florida President Patricia Brigham offered the following statement: [Read more…] about League Statement on Florida Elections Crisis
As Florida’s U.S. Senate and Commissioner of Agriculture races currently appear headed for an automatic recount, the League of Women Voters of Florida urged all voters who cast a provisional ballot to cure their ballot with county officials by the state’s deadline of 5 PM on Thursday. [Read more…] about League urges provisional ballot voters to cure with SOEs
Following Tuesday’s historic midterm election, League of Women Voters of Florida President Patricia Brigham offered the following statement: [Read more…] about League Celebrates Largest Enfranchisement Since Voting Rights Act
Statement from John Mills, Attorney for League of Women Voters and Common Cause Florida
“The Court has now made clear what our clients have been saying all along – the winner of November’s gubernatorial election will appoint three justices to the Florida Supreme Court. Governor Scott will not, and he has no part to play in these appointments.
“So the people will have a very important say in this matter, especially because both candidates have staked out very different positions on the kinds of people they are looking to appoint to the court. Andrew Gillum has said he will “appoint diverse, qualified judges who represent the breadth and depth of people in this state.” Ron DeSantis has said he will “appoint constitutional conservatives” who will be very different from the retiring justices, who he characterizes as “liberal” and accuses of “legislating from the bench for the past 20 years.” Voters now have the opportunity to factor these positions into their choice for governor.
“While the issue of when the JNC may make its nominations is yet to be resolved, one thing is clear now – there is no reason for the JNC to rush through the nominating process as it has been doing. It is now clear that the artificial deadline of applications a month before the election created an unfair chilling effect on many potential applicants, especially those in private practice.
“When a person considers whether to engage in the onerous and intrusive process of applying for a position on the Supreme Court, that person certainly assesses his or her chances of being appointed. Those chances change according to who will be making the appointments. Until today, it is likely that most people considering whether to apply believed Governor Scott when he repeatedly claimed he would be making the appointments. This created a tremendous disincentive for applicants who knew there was little chance they would be appointed by Governor Scott.
“This chilling effect was especially felt on lawyers in private practice. Not only are they required to disclose their personal financial and health information, but by simply applying, they send a signal to their employers that they are looking for a new job and, worse, a signal to existing and potential clients that they may be leaving the practice in a few months.
“We are very hopeful the JNC will do the only fair thing here, which is to halt the process until the Supreme Court issues its final order and then reopen the application deadline.”
On Tuesday the League of Women Voters of Florida held a press call with partners discussing the disastrous effects Amendment 5 would have on Florida’s education system were it to pass. Amendment 5 was placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature and would require a two-thirds supermajority vote of the Legislature to raise any state taxes or fees. [Read more…] about League & Partners Warn Against Passage of Amendment 5
Please join LWV of Florida and other partner organizations for a press call at 11:30am ET on Tuesday, Oct. 2 to discuss Amendment 5. The speakers will discuss the disastrous effects that passage of Amendment 5 would have on Florida’s education system before taking questions from the media. [Read more…] about League & Partners to Hold Press Call on Amendment 5
In advance of Election Day, the League of Women Voters of Florida has begun distribution of its 2018 Nonpartisan Voter Guide to help Florida voters make informed decisions prior to casting their ballot.
[Read more…] about League Publishes 2018 Voter Guide
In response to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announcing that the county will be offering early voting on Florida International University campus, LWV of Florida President Patricia Brigham offered the following statement:
In his July 24th opinion, Judge Mark Walker ruled that Florida’s ban on campus early voting locations violated the U.S. Constitution and showed a “stark pattern of discrimination.” We extend our thanks to Mayor Gimenez, Supervisor Christina White, and FIU President Mark Rosenberg for rectifying this pattern of discrimination and for listening to the pleas of their students.
The list of college and university campuses offering early voting sites now includes: University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, Edward Waters College, Florida Atlantic University, and now Florida International University.
This is a victory for democracy throughout the state of Florida, and a testament to the hard work of our state’s Supervisors of Elections and their determination to ensure equitable access to the ballot for all Floridians.
Today’s announcement is another example of the incredible power that citizens wield to enact change. Undoubtedly, the deciding factor in this decision was the bipartisan coalition of students calling for Mayor Gimenez and Supervisor White to allow early voting on FIU campus. This coalition also included organizations like the FIU College Republicans, the FIU College Democrats, LWV of Miami-Dade County, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, All Voting is Local-FL, Florida New Majority, NextGen Florida, and Engage Miami.
Ensuring that Florida’s young people can use their voice is an issue that transcends all political divides. It was that desire from students at UF and FSU to use their voice that led to the lawsuit filed by the League and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. We look forward to providing assistance to our state’s Supervisors of Elections with voter registration and outreach as needed.