State Voices Florida was proud to take part in a rally in support of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Voting Rights Act at the Florida Capitol on Wednesday, February 7. We want to extend our thanks to Equal Ground and the NAACP of Florida for planning and putting on this event. It was a joyous occasion with many different organizations coming together in solidarity.
While it has no chance of passing this session, it will be the most important piece of voting rights legislation in the history of Florida whenever it does become law.
The legislation is named in honor of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, two of Florida’s most important voting rights advocates who died championing the right to vote for Black Floridians.
Key provisions of the bill include:
- Preclearance Protections to ensure changes made to the voting process at the local level are thoroughly vetted.
- Automatic registration for eligible Floridians to vote when they interact with DHSMV unless they opt-out.
- A centralized database for returning citizens to determine voter eligibility
- Permanent Vote by Mail Requests
- Expanded Language Access
- Allows eligible voters to register to vote at any time, up to and including Election Day
Jonathan Webber, Florida policy director for the SPLC Action Fund, expresses support for the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Voting Rights Act during a rally at the Capitol in Tallahassee on February 7, 2024.
Brad Ashwell, Florida director for All Voting is Local, speaks on behalf of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Voting Rights Act at a rally at the Capitol in Tallahassee on February 7, 2024.
Florida Rep. Lavon Bracy Davis, the House sponsor of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Voting Rights Act, speaks at a rally at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on February 7, 2024.
Abdelilah Shkir, policy strategist with the ACLU of Florida, talks about the Harry T and Harriette V. Moore Voting Rights Act during a rally at the Capitol in Tallahassee on February 7 2024.
Senator Geraldine Thompson, the Senate sponsor of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Voting Rights Act, speaks at a voting rights rally at the Florida Capitol February 7, 2024.
Building a Better Democracy for All
State Voices Florida is a statewide civic engagement organization committed to bringing together progressive 501(C)(3) organizations to work together in building power around civic issues. If the progressive movement works together and speaks with one voice, great things will happen.
We believe everyone should have the right to vote, and voting should be simple and easy. We also support reproductive rights, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, economic justice and affordable housing for everyone.
Along with our partner organizations, we use data and technology, people-powered campaigns, and coalitions to collectively build a multiracial democracy that allows every Floridian to thrive and live in their full dignity. We are a member of the State Voices Affiliated Network, a network of state-based coalitions, advocates, and organizers fighting for a healthy, multiracial democracy.
We have over 100 partner organizations. They range from large national organizations with hundreds of employees to small nonprofits based out of a single county or even a single neighborhood. We provide support and tools to nonprofit partners regardless of size, to improve infrastructure while increasing capacity for all of our partners.