ISSUE: Although Florida had great success handling record voter turn-out in the 2020 general election, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Senate Republicans are backing proposed legislation in a thinly disguised attempt at voter suppression.
Although State Senate Bill 90 and the plan introduced by DeSantis were recently revised, the proposed legislation:
Makes it harder to request vote by mail ballots by creating new indemnification hurdles and cutting the lifespan of a VBM request in half.
Makes it harder to return VBM ballots by restricting access to ballot drop box sites, limits who can assist others in returning their ballots and criminalizes VBM ballot collection.
Will lead to many ballots being uncounted due to new signature matching requirements
While the stated goal is to “increase ballot integrity and transparency in the elections process,” the real goal is to make it harder to vote, particularly for people who are poor, less educated or don’t have extensive voting experience.
Just in time for 2022 - when DeSantis and Rubio are up for re-election.
Florida joins at least 28 states that have introduced, pre-filed or are advancing numerous bills in upcoming state legislative sessions aimed at restricting voting.
The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections has urged the Florida Senate to vote NO on SB 90.
SCRIPT: My name is xxx and my zip code is xxx. I am a proud member of Palm Beach Indivisibles. I strongly oppose the latest voting proposals by Florida Senate Republicans and Governor DeSantis, which are nothing more than voter suppression. Florida needs to make it easier for people to vote, not more difficult. Republican-proposed laws that make it harder to vote, by mail or otherwise, are just a way to cheat to win. I expect you to stand up for me and protect the democratic process of voting.
CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS:
Text RESIST to 50409 to send a message to DeSantis and your representative in the Florida Legislature.
Call Ron DeSantis here: (850) 717-9337
Find your state Senator and Representative here - https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx