On October 31, 2020, police in Alamance County, North Carolina, unprovokably pulverized a crowd of 200 peaceful protesters and potential voters marching from a nearby church to a polling station. It was the last day of early voting, and the crowd had just knelt in silence to commemorate the murder of George Floyd. Police forced the crowd to flee and prevented them from voting as planned. In response, LDF filed a lawsuit against the Town of Graham and Alamance County, questioning this unnecessary use of force and intimidation of potential voters, who reached an agreement in June 2021. In addition to this egregious incident, LDF also received reports of an increased police presence at polling stations in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida during the 2020 general election, particularly in black communities. 15. In July 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that PVAMU students and a PVAMU student organization will have their day in court to demonstrate why Waller County`s November 2018 early voting schedule violates the U.S. Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The signing of S.B. 90 in Florida came just weeks after LDF filed a lawsuit against S.B.
202 in Georgia, a radical voter suppression bill signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in March. Lawmakers in Florida and across the country have taken Georgia`s S.B. 202 as a model for their assault on the right to vote, introducing strikingly similar voter suppression laws based on myths unfounded on voter fraud and fake news. The right to vote and the ferocious urgency of the present The 2022 midterm elections are already underway, and key election laws enjoy majority support in Congress Early voting not only gives individuals more flexibility to vote in person, but also significantly reduces wait times on Election Day. Mississippi and Alabama — states with some of the highest black populations in the country — do not offer early voting to all registered voters. Among other things, the lack of early voting can contribute to long lines at polling stations on election day, which can deter people from voting. For example, volunteers from various Alabama counties documented polling station queues longer than 30 minutes during the 2020 general election.
A line at a polling station in Baldwin County lasted two and a half hours. Another at Pike Place had a 90-minute wait. Similar wait times were also reported at many polling stations in South Carolina and Mississippi. The FTVA would significantly improve voting accessibility, while addressing growing concerns about voter intimidation, partisan electoral boundaries, election misinformation and other escalating crises. The complaint alleges that, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the absence of unexcused absentee votes and the requirement that voters have their ballots signed by a witness constitute discriminatory and unconstitutional burdens on the right to vote. The lawsuit asks the court to stop the state from enforcing the requirements during COVID-19 transmission. issue guidelines directing local election officials to count otherwise validly cast mail-in ballots that do not have a witness signature for the 2020 South Carolina primaries and general election; and conducting a public information campaign to inform voters of the abolition of witness and apology requirements for the time being. The resource is not intended for the general public and should not be used as legal advice.
It should be used in consultation with a lawyer or other expert who can interpret Florida`s voting rules, and it should serve as a starting point to help a returning citizen determine whether they are eligible to register and vote. S.B. 90 is the latest bill introduced by a legislature and governor that has made a clear commitment to prioritize voting restrictions over meeting public demands for increased electoral access. The wave of voter suppression laws that is being passed by legislatures across the country is an attempt to retaliate to suppress black voters after a historic election. Lawmakers have spent months spreading baseless myths and dangerous conspiracy theories to justify their attacks on the right to vote and undermine our democracy. 27. In March 2020, the NAACP LDF, on behalf of black voters and the Christian Ministerial Alliance, filed a lawsuit against Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of State John Thurston for failing to take reasonable steps to protect the fundamental right to vote before the 2020 election. including the second round on 31 March 2020. in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the passage of Article 202, a disinformation campaign about the law has been circulating, suggesting that the law does not affect the right to vote and in fact expands access to voting.
Here is the truth about what S.B. 202 actually does and how it was implemented. “Voting with a Criminal Record in Florida: What You Need to Know,” written by attorneys and experts in election and civil rights policy, is intended for lawyers and advocacy professionals who want to navigate Florida`s complex legal landscape for voting, created by the dual passage of the Restoration of Vote Amendment (Amendment 4) in 2018 and subsequent state passage. in 2019 of Senate Bill 7066 (SB 7066). The state of Florida has been repeatedly asked to give the kind of guidelines for “voting with a Florida criminal record,” but has so far failed, with serious consequences, including prosecution of people attempting to exercise their right to vote after Amendment 4 was passed.