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Florida’s New Poll Tax Will Cost the State $365 Million a Year

| July 10, 2019

A report by the Institute for Policy Studies cites new research illustrating the cost of felony disenfranchisement in Florida, where recidivism is higher and therefore more costly to taxpayers than in states where it’s lower.

Group Files Federal Suit Challenging Florida Restrictions on Felons’ Voting Rights Moments After DeSantis Signs New Law

| June 29, 2019

A partisan firestorm erupted in the waning days of this year’s legislative session after Republicans tacked onto the elections package provisions aimed at implementing the voter-approved constitutional amendment that restores the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences.

Citing Trump’s ‘Contrived’ Reasoning, Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question on Census–For Now

| June 27, 2019

The 5-4 decision, however, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion, leaves open the possibility that the Trump Administration could readdress the citizenship question, if it can justify it.

New Legislation Adds to Early-Voting
Fight on Florida’s College Campuses

| June 18, 2019

A bill Gov. DeSantis is about to sign deals with a variety of elections issues, but a lawsuit is focused on a provision requiring early-voting sites to provide “nonpermitted parking,” which could exclude college campuses.

Denying Voting Rights to Felons Should Be Beneath Us

| June 17, 2019

Who gets to vote should be driven by citizenship, the spirit of the United States Constitution and all America stands for, not by blowhardism and dirty tricks, argues Nancy Smith.

Let Prison Inmates Vote

| June 4, 2019

In the era of mass incarceration, forbidding inmate voting, disenfranchising them after release, and counting them as residents where they’re imprisoned are all components of prison gerrymandering.

What Two Florida Counties’ Elections Supervisors Were Hacked by Russians? FBI Won’t Say, Upsetting Lawmakers.

| May 19, 2019

The FBI has maintained there is no evidence that votes or voter information were altered in the hacking. But such assurances have drawn questions.

DeSantis Will Sign Controversial Bill With Conditions on Felons’ Voting Rights

| May 7, 2019

Earlier in the day, the League of Women Voters of Florida held a conference call with reporters urging DeSantis to veto the Amendment 4 implementation bill.

House Passes Controversial Felons’ Voting-Rights Bill, Setting Up Financial Hurdles Before Restoration

| April 25, 2019

The House’s party-line, 71-45 vote drew a rebuke from backers of the amendment, who called the bill “a failure to live up to the bipartisan commitment” demonstrated by the 61 percent of voters who approved Amendment 4.

Abolish the Electoral College

| April 21, 2019

Abolishing the Electoral College would level the playing field. It would ensure that people, not parties or mechanisms, determine who leads the country. Is that so bad? If you’re a Republican, yes.

It’ll Be Harder For Citizens To Get Their Initiatives On the Ballot If House Has Its Way

| April 21, 2019

Petition-gatherers to be registered with the state, ballots would have to include information about contributions raised by amendment sponsors, whether out-of-state petition circulators were used and whether amendments could lead to tax increases.

Renner’s Panel Goes Jekyll and Hyde on Felons, Easing Punishments But Not Voting Rights

| April 9, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee Palm Coast’s Paul Renner chairs on Tuesday passed a crime bill that eases some punishments and makes it easier for felons to reintegrate society but also passed a restrictive interpretation of Amendment 4 and felons’ right to vote.

Senate Panel Advances Bill That Would Require Felons to Pay Fines and Restitution Before Voting

| April 8, 2019

The 3-2 party-line vote followed a hurried 27-minute hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, the Pinellas County Republican. Opponents of the bill are pleading to make financial burdens a roadblock to voting.

Felons’ Right To Vote and Paul Renner’s Cynical End Run Around Amendment 4

| April 6, 2019

Paul Renner, Flagler’s GOP representative and future Speaker of the House, is being dishonest and disingenuous in his defense of a bill that would make felons’ right to vote dependent on paying back all financial obligations.

‘That’s Like a Poll Tax’: Senate Bill Would Require All Restitution Paid Before Restoring Voting Right

| March 25, 2019

Dozens of people who traveled to the state Capitol to plead with lawmakers to do nothing or to dramatically scale back House and Senate bills designed to carry out the amendment. Many amendment supporters do not believe the measure requires legislative action.

Critics See Jim Crow Poll Taxes In House Plan To Make Felons Pay Up Before Voting

| March 19, 2019

Felons would have to clear up any financial obligations, including court costs, fees and fines, before having their voting rights restored, under a House proposal castigated by critics Tuesday as a modern take on Jim Crow-era poll taxes designed to keep black voters from participating in elections.

Federal Appeals Court Hammers Florida For Imposing ‘Serious Burden’ on Right To Vote

| February 16, 2019

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burden on the right to vote.”

Flagler Supervisor of Elections Wants To Know Why You Love Voting: Take the Survey

| February 15, 2019

Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart is asking registered voters to take a five-question online survey about why and where they like to vote, grist for further voter outreach in the future.

Renner Wants ‘Objectivity’ To Drive Felons’ Voter Restoration, But Hurdles Are Multiplying

| February 14, 2019

Elections officials could face a Herculean task trying to verify whether people who’ve registered to vote have met all the conditions required to make them eligible to cast ballots.

In Restoration of Felons’ Voting Rights, Meaning of ‘Murder’ Becomes Stumbling Block

| January 23, 2019

A new constitutional amendment grants “automatic” restoration of voting rights to felons who’ve completed their sentence, but it excludes people “convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.”

Was Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes Treated Unfairly? Federal Judge Weighs Due Process

| January 8, 2019

Brenda Snipes’ lawyers accused Gov. Rick Scott of trying to embarrass and humiliate the long-serving elections official. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker is hearing her lawsuit.

Supervisors of Election Seek Answer on Amendment Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote

| December 4, 2018

Florida officials don’t have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of felonies.

No ‘Remedy In the Dark’: Federal Judge Rejects Nelson Bid To Extend Recount Deadline

| November 15, 2018

The ruling could resolve questions about whether the recount process will move forward and whether official election results will be certified Tuesday as scheduled.

As Nelson Charges Interference, Scott Will Step Down From Canvassing Board

| November 14, 2018

Democrats have alleged that Scott has improperly tried to use his authority as governor to influence the recount, which could decide his political future.

Recount Totals in Flagler Show Little Change, as in Other Small and Mid-Sized Counties

| November 13, 2018

In Flagler County, each of the candidates in the recount gained a few dozen votes, but in proportions that did not change the winner’s margin or affected the state tally.

Historic Recount of 3 Races Begins in Flagler Amid Relaxed, Tranquil Atmosphere

| November 11, 2018

No surprises and even less controversy is expected in Flagler County’s portion of a statewide recount, which will take much of Sunday and possibly spill over into Monday.

Rhetoric Continues to Heat Up As Recount Is Ordered For Three Races

| November 10, 2018

In Flagler, the recount in Flagler begins at 9 a.m. Sunday in the presence of the three-member canvassing board. The process is open to the public. It is expected to take all day.

As Scott-Nelson Margin Shrinks and Fury Surges, Experts Say Process Is Working

| November 9, 2018

Watching his lead shrink, Scott accused elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties of “incompetence” and fraud though the process is following state law and timelines.

Flagler Canvassing Board Prepares for Recount Sunday in Senate, Agriculture and Governor’s Race

| November 8, 2018

The Flagler County Canvassing Board is preparing to count more than 54,000 ballots in three statewide races in the first such statewide recount since 2000, when a recount was aborted.

Hansen, Mullins Win County Commission, Howell and Branquinho Win Palm Coast, McDonald Re-Elected to School Board

| November 7, 2018

The races for Flagler County Commission and Palm Coast council were not close in a mid-term election that saw turnout rise to an astounding 64 percent.

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