Breaking: League of Women Voters of Florida and Others Sue To Stop Florida’s Voter Suppression Bill

Press Release » League of Women Voters of Florida and Others Sue To Stop Florida’s Voter Suppression Bill

League of Women Voters of Florida and Others Sue To Stop Florida’s Voter Suppression Bill

May 6, 2021

SB 90’s provisions make it harder for Floridians to cast their ballot, with a disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This morning, the League of Women Voters of Florida joined the Black Voters Matter Fund, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and several individual Florida voters to file a lawsuit challenging Florida’s Senate Bill 90, often dubbed Florida’s voter suppression bill. The lawsuit’s filing comes the same day that the measure was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.

“The League of Women Voters of Florida has fought SB 90 since its introduction, and we’re continuing our fight now,” said Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “The legislation has a deliberate and disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color. It’s a despicable attempt by a one party ruled legislature to choose who can vote in our state and who cannot. It’s undemocratic, unconstitutional, and un-American.”

The 2020 election saw the greatest voter participation in American history, with Florida seeing an increase in both registration numbers and voter participation—especially among Black and other communities of color. The provisions in SB 90 would not only eliminate Florida’s growth in voter participation, but it would take voting rights backward in the state.

The lawsuit challenges provisions in the bill that impose restrictions on vote-by-mail drop boxes, the effective ban on organizations and volunteers from helping voters return their vote-by-mail ballots, and the requirements that force voters to request a vote-by-mail ballot more frequently and ban any non-poll worker from giving food or drink, including water, to voters waiting in line.

SB 90 directly impacts third party voter registration organizations like the League of Women Voters and forces them to take certain steps that could discourage Floridians from registering to vote and, as a result, suppress voter turnout.

Plaintiffs are represented by King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. and Perkins Coie LLP. 

A copy of the filed complaint can be found by clicking here.

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The League of Women Voters of Florida encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund works to register voters, provide voters with election information through voter guides as well as candidate forums and debates.

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