The League of Women Voters drives powerful Republicans crazy.
It keeps campaigning for things that most Floridians want, but conservative lawmakers don’t, like fairly drawn legislative districts and universal background checks for gun sales. And it keeps embarrassing Republican leadership in court.
In 2012, the league sued and stopped onerous restrictions on voter-registration drives, one of several measures cooked up in concert with GOP state headquarters to reduce minority voting, evidence showed. In 2014, it blocked a clumsy and illegal purge of alleged “non-citizens” from voter rolls. In 2015, it won a Florida Supreme Court decision to throw out Republican-drawn congressional maps and enforce the Fair Districts amendments the league campaigned to pass in 2010.
For this, the officially nonpartisan League of Women Voters gets called “liberal.” Whatever you call it, it has been a more effective check on one-party rule in Tallahassee than the elected Democratic opposition.
To learn what makes it tick, I interviewed League of Women Voters state President Pam Goodman. The full interview is now a podcast at FloridaToday.com/podcasts.