The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights: The 2020 Election By Linda Geller-Schwartz On July 30, 2020, when the iconic civil rights leader Representative John Lewis was laid to rest, his final message to the American people was conveyed in a letter published in the New York Times. It included this advice and caution: “The vote is the most powerful non-violent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Representative Lewis knew all too well of what he spoke. Read the entire SAM Magazine article below. (3/20)

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Returning Felon Plans to Vote for First Time

Returning Felon Plans to Vote for First Time

Rights restored, returning felon plans to vote for first time ever RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — by Chuck Weber – Wednesday, August 12th 2020   Voting — it’s a right many take for granted. But one lost that right if sentenced to prison in Florida. Next week, thanks to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018, a Riviera Beach man plans to cast a ballot for the first time ever in his life. “I am so excited to cast a vote,” said William Freeman, speaking with CBS12 News via Zoom. Freeman said he grew up in Palm Beach County, but got addicted to cocaine, leading to four different stints in state prison, for charges ranging from grand theft and burglary to fraud. This past December, Freeman finished serving his most recent, three-year sentence. This time, he said, he’s a different man. “I am sober, and I have to give

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100 Years of Voting Hasn’t Done What We Thought It Would

The unfinished business of the women’s vote. By Gail Collins New York Times Opinion Columnist July 30, 2020 What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage than by discussing the way it turned out to be a big flop? The great champions of the 19th Amendment thought that when America’s women got the right to vote, they’d immediately start to change the nation. Promote women’s issues, like better health care and education. Refocus politics from special interests to the general good. Read More on the NY Times…

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Florida’s Voter Registration System is Broken

by Nancy Cohen This year with the Corona pandemic online voter registration is critical. But Florida’s online voter registration system keeps breaking down. This video will acquaint you with the problems. Brad Ashwell, Florida State Director of All Voting Is Local, will tell us at the Voting Rights Coalition meeting on August 6 at 2:00 P.M. on Zoom about Florida’s broken online voter registration website and how we can help to ensure it does not break down again in this election cycle.  Here’s the link for the meeting Join Zoom Meeting: https://aclu.zoom.us/j/91505817028?pwd=YUxNSGY3QXNiTTYrZDlNM2RoK2Y3QT09 Meeting ID: 915 0581 7028  Password: 716014  

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Voting Rights for Felons

Voting Rights Coalition   On July 1, a federal appeals court halted voting registration for Florida citizens with felony convictions and court fees that they cannot afford to pay.   However, citizens with Palm Beach County felony convictions may still be able to vote in 2020 elections:    Have a felony conviction in PBC? Contact the Public Defender’s Office and the State Attorney’s office to receive assistance for restoring your voting rights. Call (561) 355-7500.   Have a felony conviction elsewhere?  The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s Fines and Fees program will help you determine what needs to be done so that you can vote.  Call 1-877-MY-VOTE-0 (1-877-698-6830) OR TEXT ‘FINES’ TO 82623.   If you owe no fine, fees, restitution, or court costs, this decision does not affect your ability to register and vote.  Register to vote at (561) 656-6200 or pbcelections.org.   If your conviction was in another state, you

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Amendment 4

Amendment 4

Amendment 4 (2018): The Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative (Voting Restoration Amendment) This article was taken down for editorial reasons.

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Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It

Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations and neighbors to respond by going to www.2020census.gov for information in your own language. It takes just a few minutes to respond by phone (1-844-330-2020) or on line. And every response will bring over $30,000 to Florida during the next decade. The majority of that money will be for health programs.

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Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020

Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn’t reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. Read More…

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Dirty Tricks: Eight Falsehoods that Could Undermine the 2020 Election | Brennan Center for Justice

The 2020 election will be hard-fought and divisive. The Covid-19 pandemic has already caused major disruptions to our elections system, and the risk that other real crises — natural disaster, machine breakdown, foreign interference — will further disrupt the election is significant. But there is also a significant risk that political actors will manufacture crises to undermine election results they don’t like. These fake crises can undercut trust in the accuracy of election outcomes, inflame partisan tensions, and destabilize our democracy. Here are eight lies, misconceptions, and false arguments that we think voters will have to contend with in 2020: TRUTH MATTERS: Fake election crises can undercut trust in the vote, inflame partisan tensions, and destabilize our democracy. by Max Feldman, PUBLISHED: May 14, 2020 1. “Voter Fraud” Is Rampant The Claim: There is widespread voting by ineligible individuals. The Truth: This type of fraud is extremely rare.   Read

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