Election Protection

Election Protection

If you could protect votes from being hijacked — Would you?  Could you? You can!  Join our Election Protection project! In 2020, the Voting Rights Coalition is partnering with the nonpartisan Florida Election Protection Coalition to make sure that voters in Palm Beach County know their rights and their votes count.  Every eligible voter deserves to have his or her vote counted — that’s the cornerstone of our democracy. Our nation suffers when eligible, registered voters are turned away from the polls, unable to find their polling place or are otherwise blocked from exercising their rights. The nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition is made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners.  Under the leadership of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and Common Cause, they work to ensure that every eligible voter gets to vote.  To do this, they mobilize thousands of volunteers across the country

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Election Protection

Election Protection

Every eligible voter deserves to have their vote counted — that’s the cornerstone of our democracy. Our nation suffers when eligible, registered voters are turned away from the polls, unable to find their polling place, or otherwise blocked from exercising their voting rights.   The League of Women Voters in Palm Beach County have joined the national non-partisan Election Protection Coalition made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners under the leadership of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and Common Cause.  ELECTION PROTECTION works to ensure that every eligible voter gets to vote.  To do this, they mobilize thousands of volunteers across the country who act as voters’ first line of defense against confusing voting rules, outdated infrastructure, rampant misinformation, and needless obstacles to the ballot box.   We need your help.   We are asking you to serve your community and our democracy by

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Addressing Voting Problems

Addressing Voting Problems

On November 13, representatives of the Voting Rights Coalition, Mark Schneider, Nancy Cohen and Harriet Diamond met with Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link and PBC Director of Elections Sean Williams to discuss problems experienced in past elections and ways to correct them for the upcoming elections.   This was a productive meeting, during which we covered many issues.  Among them was (i) the access of minorities to the polls and, in particular, the lack of early voting sites in east Delray and the Glades; (ii) problems at the early voting site at FAU Boca; (iii) voting from jail; and (iv) the issue of how mismatched signatures on the VBM have been handled. We were informed that the SOE has increased early voting sites to 16 for the upcoming election but, as a result of legal requirements for any voting site, this number could not be increased further.  However, the SOE plans

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PBC Helps Ex-Felons Vote

PBC Helps Ex-Felons Vote While Amendment 4 is Finalized     As Amendment 4, or the law permitting former felons to vote, is still being decided in Tallahassee, Palm Beach County officials announced on Thursday they are working with the current version of the bill to help restore those voting rights. “We do not want people to be deprived of the right to vote because they cannot afford to pay their court costs and fees,” says Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg. The law, as it stands, requires Florida’s nearly 1.4 million felons to complete their full prison sentences and pay associated costs and fees before having their voting rights restored. Critics have called it “a poll tax” that only serves to keep ex-felons from voicing their opinions. Read More Online —>

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Nancy Chanin speaking at FRRC

Nancy Chanin speaking at FRRC

Nancy Chanin speaking at FRRC Press Conference November 11   Palm Beach County friends, great news! Last week our Constitutional Officers (State Attorney Aronberg, Public Defender Haughwout, and Clerk and Comptroller Bock) unrolled a new plan to allow people who have completed a felony sentence in PB County to register to vote NOW! They will assist these citizens to appear in court and have a judge unlink their fees and court costs from their sentence.  Whoever is doing Voter Registration or Criminal Justice work, PLEASE pass on the following information which has been approved by State Attorney Aronberg. You may also copy and distribute it.    ———————————————— Restoration of Voting Rights after Completion of Felony Sentence (Amendment 4) I do not owe fines, fees or court costs: Register to vote here today, or online at registertovoteflorida.gov/home I think I owe fines, fees or court costs, and my conviction was in Palm Beach

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Is Amendment 4 Working?

Is Amendment 4 Working?

Amendment 4, which restored voting rights for felons not convicted of murder or sexual crimes, was passed by 65% of Florida voters.  But: is it working? The will of the people was immediately thwarted by the passage of SB7066 by the Governor and the Florida Legislature.  Only a few hundred thousand of the more than one million eligible citizens have been able to register to vote. Come to the Voting Rights Coalition meeting, Thursday, November 7, 2-4 pm at Compass, 201 North Dixie in Lake Worth.  Find out what’s working across Florida and what we’re trying to do in Palm Beach County.

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Florida has a ‘poll tax’?

Did you know Florida has a ‘poll tax’? Yes. For the state’s ex-felons–and a discussion takes place Friday The purpose? To push back against a new state law, with all the right voices in the room WEST PALM BEACH – Within a year of the passage of Amendment 4 to the state Constitution, state officials had undermined it by creating a poll tax for ex-felons. That’s the view of several federal lawsuits that have been filed against the state–and of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Palm Beach County (PBC), which is hosting a panel discussion and community forum on the topic Friday. A Hopeless People is a Voteless People: Amendment 4; Now What? will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the West Palm Beach Marriott, located at 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public. Among those who

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How SB7066 Affects Voting under Amendment 4

How SB7066 Affects Voting under Amendment 4

Legislation passed by the Florida Legislature which substantially limits felon’s rights to register to vote goes into effect July 1.  Justice Ira Raab discusses the impacts on this video:   https://www.newsy.com/stories/some-floridians-will-lose-their-right-to-vote-again-july-1/   The Voting Rights Coalition will not meet again until September, but we are working on an expedited way to restore voting rights.  If you’d like to help or follow voting rights developments thru our weekly newsfeed, call or mail Nancy Chanin, (561) 926-0000, nanchan2000@gmail.com

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The Florida GOP’s Assault on Democracy

The Florida GOP’s Assault on Democracy

Last fall, voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum giving the vote back to felons who complete their sentences. Now the legislature is trying to block it. By Sasha Abramsky June 18, 2019 Link to the article. Last November, an extraordinary coalition of groups from across the political spectrum helped push Florida’s Amendment 4, which restores voting rights for the nearly 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions in their past, across the electoral finish line. Constitutional amendments need at least 60 percent support to become law in Florida. In the final tally, Amendment 4, which allows all felons except those convicted of murder or sex offenses to apply for restoration of their voting rights upon completion of their sentence, got nearly 65 percent backing—1 million more votes than any political candidate received in the state’s elections that year. Florida voters—across racial, economic, and party lines—came out in favor of re-enfranchisement. “The idea

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