Letter from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson
Late yesterday, I received word that a congressional panel has agreed to my request to investigate new voting restrictions passed earlierthis year by Florida's Legislature. Florida's law cut early voting daysand limited voter registration drives, among other changes. Some believe its passage was part of a broader voter-suppression effort in more than a dozen states that passed voting limits this year.
Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois lawmaker in charge of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, said in a letter to me yesterday he’ll hold an investigative field hearing in Florida, in part, because Florida’s new law "will almost certainly disenfranchise a wide swath of the state's young, minority, senior, disabled, rural, and low income voters."
“In a democracy as vibrant as ours,” Sen. Durbin wrote, “there is perhaps no right that is so sacred or fundamental than the right to vote. I am deeply troubled by the disenfranchising impact of these recently passed state voting laws."
I’ll be sure to let you know when and where the hearing will be. Thanks for your interest in this issue.