The Florida legislature is at it again. Leading the charge to suppress our vote on the Senate side with SB 956 is State Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, the republican Cuban American from the Miami area.
Among other things, this bill together with House Bill 7149 would: restrict third party voter registration efforts (in other words, projects usually aimed at minorities and under-represented communities); make it much harder for grassroots groups to use the citizens’ initiative process; reduce transparency in the funding of political advertisements; eliminate many voters’ ability to vote a regular ballot on Election Day; restrict the list of accepted forms of identification for voter registration and identification at the polls; restrict the ability of the governor to extend early voting.
As for lobbyists, the bill(s) would expand their ability to influence legislators and legislation.
In the end, if they should pass through the Florida House and Senate, and signed by Governor Crist, these provisions needlessly infringe the voting rights of Floridians, particularly those among disenfranchised communities, including elderly and low-income voters, and voters of color.
Again, I mention, leading this charge is another stalwart South Florida republican politician. I wonder what they are afraid of that they don’t want certain people voting in Florida. These are some of the same politicians who later complain that in other countries the vote is suppressed… or simply not allowed, they claim. I guess they must be referring to themselves now.
Alvaro F. Fernandez