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Constitution Revision Commission to hold first meeting

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The Constitution Revision Commission has launched a website and announced an organizational meeting next Monday.
The meeting will be 2-4 p.m. in the Capitol’s Senate chamber, with a brief agenda of “Welcoming Remarks, Oath of Office, Rules of the Commission, Ethics Briefing.”
The panel, which convenes every 20 years, will review and suggest changes to the state’s governing document after holding public meetings across the state.
Its newest hire is Meredith Beatrice, who was spokeswoman for Secretary of State Ken Detzner, and is now the CRC’s “external affairs” director.
The 37-member board is chaired by Carlos Beruff, a Manatee County homebuilder and unsuccessful Republican candidate for U.S.

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Sean Shaw and Darryl Rouson attempt to deal with Florida’s ban on voting rights for ex-felons on the front end

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Under current Florida law, those who are convicted of any felony lose the right to vote, the right to sit on a jury, the right to hold public office, and the right to possess a firearm, unless they are granted the restoration of their civil rights by the state Office of Executive Clemency.
Legislation being sponsored by Tampa Bay area Democrats Darryl Rouson and Sean Shaw would end the automatic suspension of civil rights for those convicted of a non-violent felony.
“Even if the sentence has been served, a felony conviction in the State of Florida is a lifelong punishment,” says House District 59 Representative Sean Shaw

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Lawsuit against Rick Scott and clemency board seeks to restore former felons’ voting rights

Monday, March 13th, 2017
A class action lawsuit filed on Monday aims to automatically restore former felons’ voting rights and eliminate Florida’s rights restoration process, considered one of the most onerous in the nation.
The lawsuit was filed by the Fair Elections Legal Network and the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC on behalf of seven former felons. It targets all four members of the Cabinet, and six other state officials, including Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Dept. of Corrections head Julie Jones.
Florida is one of just a handful of states that does not automatically restore voting rights once a felon has paid his or her

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Florida doesn’t need an elected secretary of state, or agriculture commissioner

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
It would tax the imagination to come up with anything that Florida needs less than to elect a secretary of state once again. Why would the Legislature even consider that?
Sen. Aaron Bean, the sponsor, explained it the other day. As reported by FloridaPolitics.com, the Fernandina Beach Republican told the Senate ethics committee that in the main he wants a fifth position on the Cabinet to avoid tie votes that require the governor to be on the prevailing side or the motion fails.
Actually, he and nearly everyone else are incorrect when they refer to that group of four as “the

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Senate Democratic leader Oscar Braynon wants Ken Detzner to look into Donald Trump’s voter fraud claims

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Florida Senate Democratic leader Oscar Braynon penned a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Wednesday, urging him to begin an investigation into possible voter fraud alleged by President Donald Trump.
Trump has been alleging ever since his win that his challenger Hillary Clinton‘s popular vote surge was due to millions of illegal votes and undocumented immigrants voting – statements which have never been substantiated by any proof by Trump or anyone else.
Nevertheless, he has continued to make such statements in the first days of his presidency – and now, Braynon wants Detzner to launch an investigation to make

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Case dismissed: Dan Raulerson to remain in House

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
A Tallahassee judge has tossed out a lawsuit over the use of “Wite Out” on state Rep. Dan Raulerson‘s re-election filing paperwork.
In an order issued Wednesday, Circuit Judge Charles W. Dodson dropped the case brought by Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa, the Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged Raulerson last year for the House District 58 seat.
Dodson ruled he did not have jurisdiction to decide the matter and threw out the suit “with prejudice,” meaning Vazquez can’t refile it.
Raulerson’s lawyer, Emmett Mitchell, had argued in a Tuesday court hearing that the judge couldn’t decide the case because the House of Representatives is the sole judge of its membership under the state constitution.
Dodson dismissed the case

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Dan Raulerson qualifying challenge now in judge’s hands

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

A Tallahassee judge now will decide whether a lawsuit challenging state Rep. Dan Raulerson‘s re-election over the use of “Wite Out” will go forward.
“I’m going to review this and get an order out,” Circuit Judge Charles W. Dodson said Tuesday, after a half-hour hearing. “Good luck.”
Raulerson’s attorney had moved to toss out the case, saying it was moot with the Plant City Republican having won in November and been sworn in to represent House District 58. 
Only the House of Representatives, which is constitutionally the sole judge of its membership, now has jurisdiction over any challenge to Raulerson being seated, lawyer Emmett Mitchell said.
Vazquez (via Facebook)
Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa, who

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Donald Trump wins all votes of Florida’s Electoral College

Monday, December 19th, 2016
As expected, Florida’s 29 Republican members of the Electoral College on Monday cast their vote for Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president.
The electors are among Florida’s most loyal Republicans. They were chosen by the state GOP and approved by Gov. Rick Scott.
The votes were cast as dozens of protesters hollered and chanted against Trump in the Capitol rotunda.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by Scott, presided over the highly-scripted and generally uneventful meeting.
One bit of tension came when elector and state Rep. Ray Rodrigues, the House Republican Leader, missed the roll-call vote.

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Donald Trump wins all votes of Florida’s Electoral College

Monday, December 19th, 2016
As expected, Florida’s 29 Republican members of the Electoral College on Monday cast their vote for Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president.
The electors are among Florida’s most loyal Republicans. They were chosen by the state GOP and approved by Gov. Rick Scott.
The votes were cast as dozens of protesters hollered and chanted against Trump in the Capitol rotunda.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by Scott, presided over the highly-scripted and generally uneventful meeting.
One bit of tension came when elector and state Rep. Ray Rodrigues, the House Republican Leader, missed the roll-call vote.

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State leaders certify general election results

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
It’s official.
The state Elections Canvassing Commission — made up of Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and CFO Jeff Atwater, all of which of participated by phone — certified the results of the Nov. 8 general election Thursday. The meeting took less than two minutes.
“It a record year in Florida,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who presided over the meeting. “We had more people early voting and voting by mail in the history of Florida. I’m very pleased about that.”
Turnout was around 74 percent, which was on par with the 2004 presidential election. It isn’t the highest

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Recount to take place in Florida HD 118 district race

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner has ordered a machine recount between Democrat Robert Asencio and Republican David Rivera for Miami-Dade County’s House District 118 seat.
The ballot counting ending Tuesday had Asencio leading Rivera by 68 votes — 31,395 to 31,327. That’s a difference of just one-tenth of one percent. Because Florida law requires automatic recounts when results are within a half of a percentage point, Detzner’s decision was considered a formality.
Incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz has said the Florida Democratic Party is confident Ascencio will remain in the lead after the recount, and become the 41st member of the Democratic caucus in the

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Democrats want judge to put in new voting rules for Florida

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Florida Democrats, expressing worries that voters could be disenfranchised, want a federal judge to impose new election rules some state officials are warning could create chaos.
The Florida Democratic Party this week asked U.S. District Judge Mark Walker to order state election officials to allow people to cast a ballot during early voting even if their registration application has not yet been verified.
Democrats made this unusual request, which was first reported by POLITICO Florida, after saying that some election officials have told them that they won’t be able to verify thousands of voter registration applications before early voting starts in

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State could tally 64,000 new voters in extended registration period

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Tuesday night announced that nearly 37,000 Floridians had become eligible to vote in the extra week for voter registration.
He also said another nearly 27,000 applications were in the verification process, meaning the state could have almost 64,000 new voters on the rolls.
Detzner did not provide a breakdown of new registrations by party.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker of Tallahassee extended the state’s deadline to register by one week, from Oct. 11 to this Tuesday.
He did so because of damage and office closures before and after Hurricane Matthew, which battered the state’s Atlantic coast Oct. 7. Walker

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Ken Detzner will comply with vote-by-mail ruling

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Florida’s top election official is going to accept a ruling that says the state must give thousands of voters a chance to make sure their vote-by-mail ballots are counted.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Monday told county election supervisors that they needed to follow the order issued by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker.
Walker ruled that county election offices should notify voters if their signature on a vote-by-mail ballot and their voter registration forms don’t match.
Walker called the state’s current law on those ballots “illogical” and “bizarre” because voters who forget to sign their vote-by-mail ballots are notified and given

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Judge rebukes Florida’s top election official in ballot case

Saturday, October 15th, 2016
A federal judge on Saturday issued a scathing rebuke to Florida’s top election official in an order canceling a hearing on a lawsuit over vote-by-mail ballots.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker accused Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner of delaying a hearing on the lawsuit “so that he could use every second available to run out the clock” so there wouldn’t be enough time to address problems raised in the lawsuit. The judge also said Detzner’s actions amounted to an “undeclared war’ on the right to vote in Florida, the largest swing state in the presidential election.
The judge in Tallahassee,

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Bob Sparks: The unconstitutional burden of voter registration deadlines

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Floridians now have an extra week to register to vote. The State of Florida, according to a federal judge, has set up “unconstitutional” firm deadlines for voter registration, which must be remedied.
The offending statute is 97.055 Florida Statutes that says voter registration “must be closed on the 29th day before each election and must remain closed until after that election.” (emphasis added)
In this matter, the 29th day was Oct. 11. In a shrewd move, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) sought an injunction to suspend the provisions of Florida law due to violations of the federal “Voting Rights Act and the First

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Bill Clinton to Florida voters: ‘Don’t be someone who doesn’t show up’

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Time is running out to register vote.
Former President Bill Clinton drove that point home Tuesday during a three-city swing through Florida. The trip was meant to coincide with the voter registration deadline, but a federal court judge extended the deadline to Wednesday.
And the former president encouraged Floridians to take advantage of that extension, telling Lee County supporters to get out and make sure their friends and family are able to vote come Election Day.
“We got until tomorrow at 5 p.m. to register voters,” he told an overflow crowd at Riverside Community Center in Fort Myers. “Drag at least one

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Federal judge extends Florida’s voter registration deadline to Wednesday

Monday, October 10th, 2016
A federal court judge has extended Florida’s voter registration deadline.
In a court order Monday, District Court Judge Mark E. Walker directed the state’s top elections official to extend the voter registration deadline to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The one-day extension comes just one day after the Florida Democratic Party sued Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner over the deadline.
The deadline to vote was Tuesday, but Florida Democrats said the deadline should be extended because of Hurricane Matthew.
Democrats argued Scott’s decision not to extend the deadline beyond Tuesday would “prevent thousands of Florida residents in the areas affected by

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Florida Dems sue Rick Scott to extend voter registration deadline

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
The Florida Democratic Party is suing Gov. Rick Scott to extend the voter registration deadline.
The suit, filed in federal court Sunday, asks the court to order the state to extend the voter registration until Oct. 18 because of Hurricane Matthew. The suit comes just days after Scott, the chairman of a super PAC backing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said he would not extend the voter registration deadline.
“I’m not going to extend it. Everybody has had a lot of time to register,” the governor said during a news conference Thursday. “On top of that, we’ve got lots of opportunities

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Ken Detzner releases state’s Voter Education Toolkit

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day in Florida, Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced.
Detzner released the 2016 edition of the state’s Voter Education Toolkit “to make sure that voters have the resources they need and to encourage 100 percent voter participation in Florida,” he said.
This year’s toolkit, available at YourVoteFlorida.com, now includes:
— “Quick Facts” about the General Election for voters.
— An infographic depicting the timeline of key upcoming election dates and deadlines.
— Logos and social media banners using the Department’s branded “Get Ready, Get Set, Vote!” voter education campaign.
— Social media posts that can be adapted for an individual or organization’s use.
— A poster featuring

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Dan Raulerson sued over Wite-Out on campaign form

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Incumbent state Rep. Dan Raulerson‘s Democratic opponent has sued him, challenging the credentials he used to qualify to run for office.
Namely, Democrat Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa this week alleged that Raulerson should be disqualified for the House District 58 race because someone used “correction fluid,” such as Wite-Out, on his paperwork, his suit said.
He’s suing Raulerson, a two-term Plant City Republican, and Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, Secretary of State Ken Detzner in his role as the state’s chief elections officer, and Kristi Reid Bronson, records bureau chief for the Division of Elections.
The case was filed in Leon County Circuit Civil court in Tallahassee.
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