Unions, activist groups threaten to sue to change FL election laws

Florida was in the spotlight again on yet another election day with long lines for voters and the last to complete vote counting. This has led some Democratic lawmakers, liberal activists and unions to call for election reform – and quickly – threatening legal action if necessary.

“We are calling upon the state to move very quickly and not to continue to undermine our democracy by cutting off the participation of Florida voters,” said Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of civil rights group Advancement Project.

While Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders have said they will look into the problems, no commitments have been made for specific changes.

“I’m concerned about the fact that we can’t seem to be able to count votes in the state of Florida,” incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said in a radio interview last week. “We’re the 27th-largest economy in the world and we can’t count votes.”

The activist groups are seeking changes to the state’s early voting practices and provisional ballot guidelines. Other groups are planning to join the call to action, including the Florida League of Women Voters, who has a press conference scheduled Tuesday.

Read more of the Herald-Tribune report here.


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