Today is the Primary Election in Florida – even if you are not registered with a party, there are probably judicial (and maybe other) races on the ballot for you. Don’t know where your precinct is? Use the State’s voter registration tool to look it up or check on your absentee ballot.
Depending on the county in which you live, early voting has either begun or is about to begin for the August 26, 2014 Primary Election. The Division of Elections has published a list of all early voting sites in Florida – be sure to check the days and times available, as each county supervisor of elections was given discretion by this language in Section 101.657, Florida Statutes:
Here is a link to the Senate analysis of the newly adopted Congressional districts for Florida, including maps of the before and after the changes.
A Leon County Circuit Court judge issued a final judgment in the cases of Romo v. Detzner & Bondi and The League of Women Voters of Florida, et al. v. Detzner finding “that districts 5 and 10 were drawn in contravention of the constitutional mandates of Article III, Section 20, thus making the redistricting map unconstitutional as drawn.”
The extensive docket of the case is online, you will likely need to scroll down to “2012 CA 000412: Romo, Rene vs Scott, Rick.”
The map of District 5 is highlighted below:
The map of District 10 is highlighted below:
The maps are published online by the Florida Senate.
The provisions of the Florida Constitution at issue were Article III, Sections 20 and 21, related to redistricting.
- New York Times article
- Tampa Bay Times article – reaction from the District 5 officeholder
- Miami Herald article
- POLITICO article
Not strictly an election law matter, but if you’re interested in this blog, you’ll also be interested in reading The Florida Handbook. This publication has been arround since 1947 and is published by the Clerk of the Florida House.
A three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has concluded that Florida’s 2012 effort to remove ineligible voters was “an attempt to systematically remove names from the voter rolls in violation of the 90 Day Provision” contained in the National Voter Registration Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-6(c)(2)(A).
This order reverses the holding reported on this blog back in October, and comes after the State has apparently suspended their current systematic removal program.
A link to the memo from the Secretary of State suspending the voter purge program based on the federal SAVE database. It appears that the delay is until an update to the SAVE database is done, estimated for sometime in 2015.
Interesting item on the TBT site – they are reporting the State may suspend their current effort to use the federal SAVE database for voter roll removals. Apparently there will be more news on that later today.
Dr. Susan MacManus, a professor at the University of South Florida, and an old friend, has written a very interesting piece on voter demographics and the current makeup of the Florida electorate.