Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released a statement following Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement of new voter suppression measures.
“Florida's 2020 election was historic -- record-breaking turnout and virtually no issues. It was by all accounts a success, and we should be building on it by making it easier for Floridians to make their voices heard -- not harder,” said Crist. “Governor DeSantis' proposal goes in the wrong direction, it's a nakedly partisan political play. It shouldn't become law, and if we had a fully functioning Voting Rights Act, it would be thrown out. And on that score, Congress should pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act as soon as possible. Our leaders should be working for the people, not their own partisan political interests.”
The proposal put forth by Governor DeSantis answers many of the false claims propagated by former President Trump following his loss in the 2020 presidential election and contains policies including:
• Making it more difficult for citizen to vote by mail;
• Doubling down on what does not work in Florida's signature matching program;
• Attacking safe and convenient ballot drop boxes;
• Targeting nonpartisan, voter participation programs like Souls to the Polls.