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Free The Vote - Awake The State Brevard

Written by  Awake The State

Join us as we fight to Free The Vote on the opening day of the Florida legislative session. We're fighting back against laws that left Floridians waiting hours in line to exercise their right to vote. Without truly free elections, the priorities of hard working Floridians won't be heard. If you've had enough of the extreme attacks on our middle class, our public schools, health care, our land and water, voting rights, and our civil rights, join us as we Free The Vote and Awake The State!

Tue, Mar 05, 2013

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Free The Vote - Awake The State Brevard

Brevard County Government

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida 32940

Voting should be fair and accessible for all. But ask 102-year-old Desiline Victor, who waited three hours to vote at her precinct in North Miami if Florida’s elections are fair and accessible. She’ll likely tell you “no.”

It’s time to eliminate the unnecessary barriers imposed by Gov. Rick Scott and his legislative allies that prevented an estimated 201,000 Floridians from casting a ballot in 20121. Enough already. Ms. Victor joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address to lend her voice to the call to fix Florida’s broken elections. Will you join us at a rally on March 5th during Gov. Scott’s State of the State address to lend your voice to this rising chorus?

It’s time for Florida’s elections to be fair, convenient and accessible where voters don’t have to wait in line for hours to vote. And no eligible voter should have to take the time to go to the polls only to find out they can’t cast a regular ballot because self-serving politicians enacted cumbersome rules to protect their own seats.

There are a number of key reforms that the 2013 Florida Legislature must pass to fix Florida’s broken election system. First, we must establish a minimum of 14 early voting days, with 12 hours to vote each day, including the Sunday before Election Day. Second, Floridians who move to a different county should once again be able to update their address on Election Day and cast a regular ballot. Additionally, all proposed amendments to the Florida constitution should be limited to 75 words to ensure reasonably sized ballots. There’s a lot more to do but this would be a good start.

We need to make this issue a major priority on the first day of legislative session if we’re going to make Florida’s elections work again by 2014.

Join us on March 5th as we Free The Vote and Awake The State In Front of the School Board Building, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.

Florida’s next major election in 2014 will be pivotal for our state, and we must ensure that the priorities of the middle class are heard loud and clear. It’s therefore critical that meaningful election reform happen this year.

Aren’t you tired of seeing Florida derided as a national laughingstock when it comes to elections? Do you want to protect this fundamental freedom? Thanks to Gov. Scott and his legislative allies’ efforts to keep many Floridians from being able to vote last year, we had another “there they go again” moment on election night.

Enough already. Let’s Free The Vote and Awake The State.

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