voting rights

Vote flipping. The stories and conspiracy theories have begun.

In every recent election, there have been reports of voters pressing one candidate's name on a touch-screen machine, only to have the opponent's name light up instead.

It can be unnerving for voters and often leads to allegations that the machines have been "rigged" to favor one candidate over another.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Two more Broward voters realized Tuesday that their absentee ballots lacked the medical marijuana question, according to the Miami Herald.

This came just hours after a Broward County judge said she would rule quickly on a case involving ballots missing Amendment 2.

Two Oakland Park voters received ballots last week that did not have the question pertaining to Amendment 2, which would legalize marijuana statewide for medical use. The Broward Supervisor of Elections said they were “test-ballots” sent out accidentally.

When Florida voters look at their ballots for the general election, they'll see six names printed in the presidential race box. But there are an equal number of qualified "write-in" candidates for president. Names you've probably never heard before.

Decision Florida: Is Your Vote Safe?

Oct 21, 2016
Associated Press

This week in Decision Florida, hosts Melissa Ross from WJCT and Tom Hudson from WLRN talk about voter access in light of the Donald Trump campaign's claims of a rigged election, how the November results will impact education in our state and the controversy around solar amendment 1.

With early voting starting on Monday October 24th, Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections in Palm Beach County, discuss the effects of extending the registration deadline one more week and how the County has been preparing for elections. 

A federal judge has rejected a request from the Florida Democratic Party to change some voting rules in advance of the November 8th general election.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied the emergency motion during a Thursday morning hearing in Tallahassee.

Democrats were concerned that some new voters would not have their registration applications processed before early voting starts next week.

This means some citizens may be forced to vote provisional ballots, which require greater scrutiny from election officials.

This year's presidential election will be the first in a half-century without the significant presence of federal observers at polling places. That's because in 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and when the court wiped out that section, the statute that provided for election observers went, too.

A statewide coalition of pastors, attorneys, and former felons says in this key election year Florida Governor Rick Scott and other state lawmakers need to put 1.5 million former felons back on the voter rolls. Members of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition dropped off a petitions with 7,000 signatures to the Orange County elections office Monday, the last day for Floridians to register for the August 30th primary.

Florida Division of Elections

Florida’s secretary of state has released a voter education toolkit for next month’s 2016 primary election.

The guide has checklists for current and new voters to make sure citizens have everything they need when arriving at a polling location.

This includes making sure you are properly registered with the political party of your choice, checking to be sure your signature is up to date and verifying that  your address is correct.

Protesters Push For Chance To Vote On Florida Tolls

Oct 8, 2015
Audrey Armitage

As the Florida Department of Transportation turns a century old, protesters statewide are staging a 100-hour demonstration against raising tolls without voter approval.

Organized by political action committee D.R.I.V.E. (Drivers Ready to Improve, Vote and Empower), the event aims to boost support for an amendment to the Florida constitution that would allow the public to vote on future toll increases.

11/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents reviews the history and actions of the Supreme Court of the United States, with noted constitutional attorney Erwin Chemerinsky. He notes that most people consider the Supreme 

  Court an impartial body, imparting learned decisions on key issues. He also notes, however, that Justices are human, and often show bias and political colors. Chemerinsky has written THE CASE AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT. Hear the discussion Wednesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues

Apr 1, 2014
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami. 

National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.

The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws. 

Hear what some Florida voters would like to see changed for the 2016 election.

Rick Stone

We Floridians might as well have been voting on different planets during the November, 2012, election. Some of us waited in line for eight or nine hours. Some were in and out of the polling place in eight minutes.

Turnout percentages ranged from the mid 50s to the mid 80s. Depending on where you lived, you had a greater or lesser chance of being forced to vote by provisional ballot, and a greater or lesser chance of that ballot eventually being discarded uncounted.

North Miami Beach Supports Voting Rights for Felons

Oct 8, 2013
Patricia Sagastume

Florida has some of the strictest laws concerning a felon’s right to vote. They must apply for executive clemency after a five- or seven-year waiting period. And that’s only if they are deemed eligible.