Republican-sponsored voter disenfranchisement law in Florida has caused a 39% drop-off in new voters in the Miami-Dade area alone, mostly among female and non-white voters.
"Last year, Floridians enacted a voter registration law severely limiting the ability of third parties, like the League of Women Voters, to do the essential function of helping people register to vote. You might remember the case of Jill Cicciarelli, a high school teacher who ran afoul of the law when she started a voter registration drive to pre-register her students who would be eligible to vote by the election.
The law that Cicciarelli came up against, and the fact that the state considered pursuing her for helping students register, has had a severe chilling effect on voter registration in the state. Which is precisely what the Republican-controlled government intended.
The state’s new elections law — which requires groups that register voters to turn in completed forms within 48 hours or risk fines, among other things — has led the state’s League of Women Voters to halt its efforts this year. Rock the Vote, a national organization that encourages young people to vote, began an effort last week to register high school students around the nation — but not in Florida, over fears that teachers could face fines.
And on college campuses, the once-ubiquitous folding tables piled high with voter registration forms are now a rarer sight.”
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