Election Reform in Florida
Amendment 4 News Update: On October 18, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that Florida can ask that fines be paid by returning citizens, but cannot bar anyone from voting if they can’t afford to pay. To read more, please click here
The League of Women Voters of Florida promotes electoral reforms that make voting easy, equitable, and effective at expressing public will through election results. We oppose gerrymandering, that is, manipulation of election district boundaries to favor one party or class. We advocate for fair, transparent redistricting. We are interested in any issue or process that directly affects any Florida citizen’s access to voting (e.g., voter registration, voting machines, ballot design, etc).
The 2018 election provided evidence that Florida election systems need reform through additional legislation. League 2019 priorities for election law (see below) include process changes to avoid existing vote-by-mail ballot problems, to allow same-day voter registration, to standardize ballot design, and to support an open primary election system. Watch this page for information from the Election Reform Coalition for the progress of all proposed relevant legislation.
The League continues to be an active supporter of Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to former felons who have completed their entire sentence, except for those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses. The League will actively support voting rights restoration activities for returning citizens in 2019 while looking forward to 2020.
Election Law Legislative Priorities and Issues
- Support automatic registration (opt-out system), same-day voter registration, and improved online voter registration.
- Extend deadlines for signatures cures, recounts and postmark delays caused by the postal service. Support a standardized ballot design and state funding for hardware and software to improve the recount process in close elections.
- Support home rule for counties and municipalities and oppose any preemptive legislation to counter home rule.
- Support statewide use of an Open Primary election system that allows for the broadest possible voter participation.
- Support the election of the President and Vice President by direct popular vote via the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Election Reform Chair: Michele Levy
Voting Rights Restoration Chair: Cecile Scoon
For more resources and news about voter restoration and registering disenfranchised voters, click HERE.
If you are interested in CLE-credit training for lawyers or volunteers willing to help returning citizens obtain their voting rights, click HERE.
Join the LWVFL Election Reform or Voting Rights Restoration Team! You must be a member of the League of Women Voters of Florida or one of our Local Chapters to participate, please become a member HERE.