Some populations face greater barriers to voting. Supervisors of Elections can help ease these barriers so every eligible voter has an equal opportunity to vote
- Several times over the last two decades, Florida has been in the headlines for ballot designs that thwarted voters’ intent in close elections.
- While the Legislature has passed laws introducing some parameters and litigation has provided more, supervisors of elections should collaborate on basic, uniform design guidelines that are tested to ensure broad understandability.
- One in five voters has a disability. To ensure they can vote, Federal and state laws require voter registration and voting be accessible for people with disabilities.
- In our diverse state, Florida election officials must prioritize making sure all Floridians can understand voting information and ballots.
- Recent litigation and rulemaking make clear that supervisors of elections in each of Florida's counties are required to produce Spanish language materials and ballots, while some counties may be required to make materials available in other languages.
Voting from Jail
- Each election, there are a number of Floridians eligible to vote who are confined to jail.
- During the November 2018 General Election, more than 55,000 people were in Florida jails. Only 22% were in jail due to felony convictions. More than half were awaiting trial – innocent until proven guilty.
- In some counties, more than 90% of their jail population was awaiting trial.
- These Floridians are eligible to register to vote by mail but going through that process can be difficult.
Voting while Homeless
- On an average day in January 2019, 28,591 Floridians were experiencing homelessness. Many are eligible to vote but face significant barriers.
- They may not have an address and assume that they cannot vote or register without one. They may not have access to transportation to their polling place.