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Last week, voters faced unacceptable delays to cast a ballot. Some people waited up to 9 hours to vote. In Miami, many stayed in line until 1 AM at night in order to vote.

That's just not right! Tell Governor Rick Scott that no one should have to wait so long to vote.

There are stories around the state about voters waiting unacceptable amounts of time to vote. One man near Fort Myers even lost his job after he was stuck in line for three hours and couldn't make it to work. He got pink slipped by Pink Slip Rick's voter suppression. And then there are many other people waited silently, uncomplainingly for far too long in order to make their vote count.

These problems weren't inevitable; the entire early voting mess was created by Rick Scott. In 2008, Florida had 14 days of early voting but Governor Rick Scott shortened that to only the final eight days. Even when numerous Supervisors of Elections warned of problems and urged Scott to allow more early voting, he ignored them.

Hours-long lines to vote are wrong! Call on Rick Scott to expand the early voting system.

No one should be forced to sit in line for hours to exercise their right to vote. Rick Scott has already said he's willing to consider changing so we're going to hold him to it! Urge Rick Scott to expand the early voting system, so that next time, we aren't forced to wait in line for hours to exercise our right to vote.

 

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Voter protection groups across the state are calling for complete election reform in Florida.

Last Tuesday, some central Floridians stood in line for four hours trying to cast their ballots.

It was a coalition of community organizations headed up the League of Women Voters who held a news conference demanding Florida reform its election system.

"Today we all come together with a joint call for the governor and Legislature to join together with a joint will that they too agree that election reform is needed in Florida," said League of Women Voters President Deirdre McNab.  "They must agree what happened last week in Florida will never happen again."

The speakers, representing groups from AARP to the ACLU cried foul over the long lines at some polling places last week, the delayed counts for absentee ballots and the high amount of provisional ballots cast.  They want the governor to form a bipartisan task force to study the issue and report its recommendations no later than two weeks before the next legislative session. 

The group's list of complaints was long and included a too long ballot and poll workers not equipped to deal with voter questions. They blamed much of the trouble on election laws passed by the Republican lead Florida Legislature in 2011 that shortened the number of days for early voting from 14 to eight.

"We warned the legislature that this would create a problem, hardship for historically ethnic and minority groups and they didn't listen," said ACLU spokeswoman Joyce Hamilton Henry.

Many speakers also claimed the problems disproportionately affected minority voters.

"Obviously, Florida now is the butt of every late night host's jokes as the state that can't count right," said the Rev. Randolph Bracy of the New Covenant Baptist Church.  "And it is my prayer that starting from the Gov. and the Legislator that a word has been sent across the bow. Florida, let us not be the butt of everybody's jokes but lets get it right."

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Click on the above image to watch the news report of groups calling for voting reform.

 

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Election Day is around the corner, enthusiasm in swing states is higher than it is anywhere else and the Latino electorate continues to be one of the most important stories in many battleground states across the country.  It is estimated that just over 12.2 million Latinos will vote on Tuesday, November 6, an increase of 22% over 2008.  In states like Virginia the Latino vote is less than 3% but it is still consider one of the top 10 states with high concentration of Latino voters and our political priorities could determine the election result, since it is expected to be a very tight race between the two candidates.  When you have a race this close in swing states every single vote can make a difference, in this context the Latino vote could play a central role defining this election. 

 

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The House of Latino Labor is proud to announce the official launch of its 40th Anniversary Website! In this important occasion, LCLAA is announcing the debut of our brand new bilingual website which contains a blog with the latest labor updates, a vast array of social networking tools and media, and independent sites for LCLAA’s campaigns. In a time when Latinos are, on average, ten years younger than the rest of the population, and where a large portion of political advocacy takes place online, an effective and streamlined website that communicates with key constituencies is essential to aggressively protecting Latino worker’s rights. The bilingual website will allow individuals to quickly access videos of LCLAA’s latest actions, photo albums of advocacy events, learn more about LCLAA’s campaigns and efforts to improve conditions for Latino workers, and share this content with their friends using unique social media and educational tools.

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