By Matt Horn
July 12, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Students from three Florida universities rallied today to end voter suppression.
Friday morning nearly 100 people marched to the historic state capitol with one mission: making their voices heard. “The march and the rally is to bring awareness to a movement the no vote, no voice movement,” said Florida State University Student, Eugene Butler III.
A recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; shocking many of those who marched here. “Often times it takes measures like these to let them know we know what’s going on,” said Florida A&M University student, Tom Diamond. “Our voice still matters, we sill still show up at any time.”
”Although the rally ended here at the historic state capitol, students hope their message goes much further and makes an impact nationwide,” Matt Horn reports.
“We stand for so many voices and so this means that we will do what we have to do so that people, the Supreme Court will hear our voice,” said Diamond.
Supporters say voter suppression goes beyond the Supreme Court ruling. They argue Florida has a long track record of making it difficult for people to vote. Including the 2011 law which created long lines. That law has since been reversed. Students say other laws still make it difficult for Floridians to vote.
“I think those long lines where people didn’t get to vote, are a direct result of slashing early voting hours,” said FSU Alum, Cecelia O’Brien. Students say they are planning for more rallies this fall after school is back in session.