The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights conducted a field hearing in Tampa today on Florida’s 2011 election law changes. The Subcommittee’s webpage has the printed witness testimony (links on the right side of the subcommittee page). The Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 (video) provide local coverage. Cooper Levey-Baker of The Florida Independent live-blogged the event.
With the Presidential Preference Primary on January 31st (plus many local elections on the same ballot) – the State has posted a list of all early voting sites and hours.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights has announced a field hearing entitled “New State Voting Laws II: Protecting the Right to Vote in the Sunshine State” to be held Friday, January 27th at 1pm at the Hillsborough County George E. Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, FL 33602.
Florida is a “Closed Primary” state, meaning only voters who are registered members of the political party holding a primary election can vote in that primary election. Some cities, counties, and special districts, however, are also using the Presidential Preference Primary date to conduct other elections, such as referendums and other ballot measures. For example, the City of Flagler Beach scheduled their municipal elections in conjunction with the January 31st primary and the City of Temple Terrace is holding a referendum on tax exemptions for economic development. Check your local Supervisor of Elections website to see if you are eligible to vote on an issue on January 31st even if your political party is not holding a primary.