Several minority-advocacy groups in Florida are conducting large-scale voter-registration and education drives ahead of the state's registration deadline on Oct. 9. The groups have been going full throttle since June, when a judge struck down Florida’s new restrictions on third-party voter drives.
The groups, which represent Hispanic, black and other minority voters, announced their registration efforts on Wednesday.
South Florida organizer, Bishop Victor Curry, is helping lead what he calls “Operation Lemonade.” Curry says, he’s using Florida’s controversial voter purge and elections-law changes made by the Republican-controlled legislature, to mobilize voters.
“I have never, in all my years, have seen anything remotely close to this voter-suppression effort by a particular political party," Curry said.
Curry’s group, along with a handful of other organizations, predict they’ll have registered a combined 50,000 voters before the Oct. 9 deadline. Early voting begins in Florida on Oct. 27.