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League of Women Voters Responds to Questions About Soes "Deputizing" Voter Registrars in Florida

By: League of Women Voters
By: League of Women Voters

Tallahassee, FL -- In the wake of the League of Women Voters of Florida's decision to halt its voter registration efforts as a result of the recently passed elections bill, HB 1355, there has been great interest in whether or not League volunteers could continue to register voters under the auspices of their local Supervisor of Elections' office.

The League enjoys excellent relationships with Supervisors throughout the state, however, LWVF does not view the "deputizing" of voter registrars as a panacea for the problems created by HB 1355. League president Deirdre Macnab states, "While the League supports the efforts of Supervisors to "deputize" voter registrars, we do not believe that an individual should have to be deputized in order to help citizens register to vote. HB 1355 has created a situation in which well-meaning volunteers are afraid to do voter registration, and that is a real tragedy. The League hopes that this law will be overturned so that our members can continue conducting voter registration without unnecessary regulation and threat of civil penalty."

At this time, the League has no plans to reinstate its voter registration program unless the new law is repealed or modified such that LWVF feels capable of complying with the third-party voter registration requirements.

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The League of Women Voters of Florida, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information on the League, visit www.TheFloridaVoter.org.


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