The League of Women Voters of Florida is proud to announce two new strategic partnerships with non-partisan organizations to further its reach to two specific, yet widely impacted groups. These partnerships aid in the League’s commitment of registering voters and subsequently providing nonpartisan information.
- American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU of Florida)
The League will once again partner with a longtime organizational ally ACLU of Florida to register returning citizens. This strategic partnership will utilize a database completed by the ACLU of Florida aimed at identifying eligible voters pursuant to Senate Bill 7066, which disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters who had their rights constitutionally restored through the 2018 passage of Amendment 4. The database will also be updated accordingly regarding the recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, which ruled Senate Bill 7066’s pay-to-vote scheme was unconstitutional.
The League will engage its membership across the state to register these returning citizens and to address concerns returning citizens may have. The League members who will register these re-enfranchised voters are regularly trained on best practices and protocols when it comes to legality of voting rights in Florida.
- Florida Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
The League is partnering with the Florida Poor People’s Campaign to enhance our outreach to lower income and underserved communities. The Poor People’s Campaign aims to empower poor people to be agents of change in not just one election, but at the very heart of American democracy. The organization focuses on uniting people across Florida to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality of religious nationalism.
The League will utilize a phone bank system provided by the Poor People’s Campaign. League members across the state will register voters, provide ballot information and aid in requesting vote-by-mail ballots.
The challenges that have been posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have radically changed traditional in-person voter engagement efforts. Both of these partnerships allow the League to conduct the work it has done for 100 years in new ways.