National Commission for Voting Rights hosts hearing in South FL

Posted at 3:40 PM, Mar 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-27 15:40:00-04

Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL) - The National Commission on Voting Rights, organized by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) is holding a hearing in Florida. The hearing is expected to bring out voters, activists and elections officials for a direct discussion on elections.

The hearing in being held in Miami on Monday. 

The Florida event is the twelfth of a series of nationwide hearings being held to collect testimony on the current landscape of voting and elections.  in the U.S. Over the past few years, numerous states have enacted restrictive voting laws, while many others continue to grapple with recurring election administration and electoral reform challenges.

The panel will hear testimony on : voting changes, voter registration, election administration, early voting, voting discrimination,, and access to the ballot for individuals with disabilities, language minority voters, and communities of color. All who are interested may attend and/or speak.

WHAT: National Commission on Voting Rights, Florida Hearing

Panels - There will be formal panels of witnesses representing voting rights organizations, community leaders, and other stakeholders. Witnesses are encouraged to submit written testimony in advance of the hearing. The panel of commissioners will also receive the testimony orally and may ask follow up questions.

Open Public Testimony - There will be opportunities throughout the event for Florida voters to testify about their experiences. To register in advance, please click here.

WHEN: Monday, March 31, 2014, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

WHERE: University of Miami School of Business Administration, Storer Auditorium

5250 University Drive

Coral Gables, FL 33146

Florida Hearing Commissioners:

Leon Russell, Vice Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors & National Commissioner

Professor Daniel A. Smith, Ph.D., University of Florida Research Foundation Professor

Dan Gelber, Founding Partner of Gelber, Schachter & Greenberg & Former Florida State Senator and State Representative

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, Partner, Duane Morris LLP