Thursday, June 7, 2012

Florida Voter Registration Starting Again


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It's heartbreaking, but we need to suck it up and move forward. We have larger fish to fry with the fall Presidential election, so here's some good news: Groups are beginning to register voters in Florida again after the intervention of the Department of Justice and a Federal Judge struck down Rick Scott's draconian rules that were trying to disenfranchise voters. Rachel Maddow had one of the County Election Supervisors on her show. What a brave lady! Rachel called the Supervisors the "firewall" in Florida because Governor Scott cannot force them to purge voter rolls

Miami Herald: League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote to Restart Registration
“We’re going to dust off our clip boards and pick up the forms and get into the business of registering people to vote,” declared St. Petersburg League of Women Voters President Darden Rice. “Registering citizens to vote is part of our core mission, and we’re excited to get back to work.”
At a similar news conference in Orlando, organizers were joined by officials from the nonpartisan group Rock the Vote, which also is resuming Florida voter registration efforts in the wake of last week’s court ruling.

Rock the Vote president Heather Smith said her group registered 100,000 young voters in Florida in 2008 and still should be able to surpass that total this year. Deirdre Macnab, president of the Florida League of Women Voters, estimated her organization, which also emphasizes educating voters about issues and candidates, registers tens of thousands of people each cycle.The voter registration groups still will face more restrictions than they’ve been accustomed to, including registering with elections offices and submitting the names of every volunteer collecting voter registration forms.

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