|LWVF President Deirdre Macnab as |
photographed by Sarah Beth Glicksteen
for The New York Times
Yesterday, a federal court ruled that numerous provisions of Florida's 2011 voter registration law were "harsh and impractical." The law imposed a number of onerous burdens on organizations like the League of Women Voters who help citizens register to vote. One of the most egregious sections which was overturned required voter registration forms to be turned in within 48 hours after they were collected -- even in the event of a hurricane!
As you know, the League has been working hard to fight this law, which we believe infringes on voters' rights and prevents eligible citizens from participating in the democratic process. The League was one of the primary litigants in the lawsuit that resulted in yesterday's ruling.
Since the federal court's decision came out, the League of Women Voters of Florida and our partners have gained national attention via multiple news outlets including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Politico, Bloomberg, Reuters, Rolling Stone and more!
To read the New York Times' coverage of this issue, featuring LWVF President Deirdre Macnab, click here! Additionally, check out our website for even more stories on this topic.
Currently, the League is evaluating whether or not the ruling will enable us to resume our voter registration efforts, so please stay tuned. We will continue to send out regular emails to keep you informed about this important issue.
LWVF Executive Director
P.S. If you are pleased with yesterday's ruling, consider making a donation to the League of Women Voters of Florida's Advocacy Fund!
Your gift will help ensure that LWVF has the resources necessary to continue fighting for voting rights in Florida.