Florida:
Voter Registration and Assistance

Harriet Tubman Freedom Fighters v. Lee

Fair Elections Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit challenging two provisions of a new Florida law known as SB 90. Under the first provision, the state forces community organizations to warn voter applicants that the organization “might not” submit their registration on time, even though these organizations and their volunteers make every effort to submit applications on time in compliance with state deadlines. The new requirements make it less likely that potential voter applicants will submit registrations through community groups. The plaintiffs challenging these requirements are Harriet Tubman Freedom Fighters and HeadCount, two nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations who stand up for the voices of Floridians to be heard through their voter registration activities.

 

Under another provision of SB 90, a voter may only receive help in obtaining and returning a mail ballot from a limited list of immediate family members or a person who has helped no more than one other voter to whom the person is not related. This restriction violates Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act, which entitles voters who require assistance in voting by reason of disability or inability to read or write to receive help from almost anyone of the voter's choosing. This rule will make voting especially difficult for voters who do not have immediate family in the state or who reside in care facilities. This claim has been brought on behalf of the Florida and Central Florida chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America and two individual voters.

 

  LEGAL DOCUMENTS  

Complaint  (6.14.21)

Amended Complaint  (7.15.21)

  PRESS  

        Press Release -- Voting Rights Groups Sue to Block New Restrictions that Make Voter Registration Much Harder in Florida  (6.14.21)

        Press Release -- Veteran and Disability Advocates Join Voting Rights Groups in Lawsuit Against Florida SB 90 (7.16.21)