January 10, 2013 –

 

MORE MUST BE DONE TO EXPAND VOTING RIGHTS IN FLORIDA

Florida-based civil rights group urges legislators to make voting easy & automatic

Miami – Members of Florida New Majority (FNM) are urging state lawmakers to use the upcoming legislative session to make fundamental changes to ensure that every Floridian’s ability to vote is protected.

“The bills that have been introduced so far are only beginning of the conversation,” says FNM Executive Director Gihan Perera. “The remedies that have currently been introduced by the Governor do not go nearly far enough to reverse the damage that state voter suppression policies have done to our democracy. Now is the time to signal to all Floridians, and in fact the rest of the country, that voting is not just a privilege for the few, but fundamental human and American right.”

Local FNM leader Johann Joseph is among a number of local leaders who will discuss their experience at the polls at a public meeting of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation on Thursday, January, 10 at Florida Memorial University’s Smith Conference Center (15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens) .starting at 10 a.m.

“There is no reason why I should have seen people as old as 90 years old wait five hours or more to vote,” says Joseph. “There is no reason why I should have to spend hours explaining ballots that should be simple and clear to read.”

Other organizations appearing at the delegation hearing include We-Count,Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the Florida Immigrant coalition, the Miami Workers Center, Jobs with Justice, the South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, and many more who stand in favor of expanding democracy for Floridians.

FNM is a statewide civil rights organization that has been working since 2009 to connect and empower Florida’s diverse communities. For more information on Florida New Majority, please visit our web site at newfloridamajority.org.