THIS IS A GOOD FIGHT
From: Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP <info>
Date: Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 10:23 PM
Subject: We’re suing the state of Florida
In November 2018, a super-majority of Florida voters—more than 5 million people—voted to approve Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to the formerly incarcerated and resulted in the largest expansion of the electorate in decades.
Rather than embrace this historic mandate to expand voting rights, state lawmakers and the governor opted to undermine the will of the people by recently enacting SB7066.
SB7066 forces those convicted of felonies to repay all fines, fees, and other monetary penalties associated with their convictions, or face disenfranchisement.
Essentially, lawmakers have placed a poll tax on returned citizens who have served their time, probation, and parole obligations.
This is not what the people of Florida voted for—and the NAACP always stands on the side of the people.
So we’re suing the state of Florida to block this restrictive and unconstitutional law. Will you have our back in the fight by rushing in a generous donation today?
Our lawsuit is about honoring the Floridians who voted to remove a Jim Crow vestige and expand access to the ballot box.
But it’s also about something more. It’s about ensuring that voters everywhere have a real voice in their communities and over policies that impact their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Disenfranchising citizens and ignoring the will of the people cannot stand, and the NAACP is committed to challenging those in power who engage in such abhorrent tactics.
Show that you’re with us by supporting our fight in the courtroom with a donation right now.
Adora Obi Nweze
Florida State Conference President