People For the American Way

People For Statement on Voter Suppression Efforts in Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2021

Contact: Press Department atPeople For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 202.467.4999

Washington, DC— Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’s signing of a new bill aimed at restricting voting rights in Florida, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:

“The Far Right is terrified by robust voter turnout, especially among Black and Brown voters. They’re doing everything they can to reinstate disenfranchisement and disempowerment of the people in an attempt to regain power. The legislation signed by Governor DeSantis is a voter suppression bill pure and simple. We should be working to give more Americans more opportunity to participate in our democracy, not implementing racist voter ID rules and criminalizing acts of kindness like giving food and water to voters in line — one of the most egregious features of a recent voter suppression law in Georgia. Enough is enough — it is time to take action. We urge the Senate to pass S1, the For the People Act, and for President Biden to sign it expeditiously.”

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more:http://www.pfaw.org.