Groups Call For Elections Reform

Nov 20, 2012

Protesters gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to help ensure elections reform would be at the front of lawmaker’s minds. Members from the NAACP, The League of Women Voters, and The Alliance of Retired people say no one should have to stand in line for hours to vote.

The group stood outside the chambers with signs in hand and bandanas around their mouths to symbolize what they call the suppression of their voice. But, one member of the coalition, Cynthia Gardner-Williams, wasn’t shy about explaining why she had come to Florida’s Capitol Tuesday.

“I was really frustrated by what happened during the election and what I perceived as people’s intentional effort to suppress the vote. I have seen things change. I had relatives who were not allowed to vote,” Gardner Williams said.

Gardner-Williams also said with the help of the NAACP and others that they will push for more comprehensive elections reforms in the upcoming legislative session. New Senate President Don Gaetz, has already said looking into elections issues will be a priority.