Voter Protection

The League’s mission – Making Democracy Work® – includes ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.

The League is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, the elderly and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote.  Our work to protect voters includes:

Voting Rights

We seek to protect and expand voting rights through advocating for proactive reforms such as expanded early voting and online voter registration, ensuring existing pro-voter laws are being followed and challenging all efforts that limit the ability of the voter to exercise this basic right. The League actively opposes voter photo ID laws, advocates against barriers to the voter registration process, works to prevent last-minute Election Day barriers.

  • In April 2017, the Florida Supreme Court approved language for an amendment to automatically restore voting rights to felony offenders upon completion of all terms of their sentence – except those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.  The League believes everyone deserves a second chance and fully supports this amendment.  We are dedicated to help collect the 800K petitions needed by January 2018, to place the amendment on the November 2018, ballot.   Learn more and join the next Voting Right Restoration Action Group Meeting.

Improving Elections

In collaboration with the League’s National Public Advocacy of Voter Protection Initiative  (PAVP,) we also works to modernize voting systems, streamline the voting process, promote transparent and accountable redistricting and make it easier for all eligible citizens to become active participants in our electoral process. Among other efforts, we work to improve polling place management, expand online voter registration and implement electronic streamlining. We also work to ensure compliance with laws such as the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.

Voter Suppression

The League works year-round to combat voter suppression through advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action and education. Our state efforts have resulted in the protection of voting rights and ballot access for thousands of Floridians.  Today, we are focusing on 1.3 Floridians restore their right to vote.