Here’s a link to a column I wrote for the St. Petersburg Times; please take a minute to read it over, because it’s about an issue that should be important to everyone who believes in the principle of one-person, one-vote.
A so-called election reform bill is rapidly making its way through the Florida Legislature, which right now is in the final week of its annual lawmaking session in Tallahassee. If this bill becomes law, it would:
- Significantly reduce the number of early-voting days;
- Make voting harder for people who have recently changed their name or address, like, newlyweds or college students; and,
- Subject voter-registration drives to stiff legal fines, even for inadvertent mistakes.
This is not a partisan issue, and I’m just one of many people and groups that strongly oppose this measure.
The Orlando Sentinel has said “it amounts to … ripping apart election laws” and “weakening democracy.”
The Tampa Tribune has said “this bill isn’t fooling anybody. It’s not about clean elections.”
Florida Today has called it an “assault on the most cherished of American rights.”
The Palm Beach Post has asked that we stop this “assault on all voters.”
But the state Legislature seems poised to pass it. One thing you could still do is e-mail Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
As The St. Petersburg Times has said: “Floridians of all political stripes should not stand for it.”