After taking a strong stance against voter suppression in 2012 and recommending increased access to voting, students are once again helping to bring voting rights issues to the forefront in Florida. This year they are focused on the root of the problem, the right to vote, and the fact it does not explicitly exist in either the state or federal constitutions.



 



Jerry Funt, a student leader in FSU's Progress Coalition and an initiator of the right to vote resolution on campus, said, "The student body at Florida State has taken a position that our right to vote is to be cherished and protected." He noted that this was quite timely given how University of Florida students were flatly denied the ability to have an early voting location on campus.



 



In collaboration with groups such as FairVote and the Florida Initiative for Electoral Reform (FLIER), Florida's student leaders have had an ever increasing role in highlighting voting rights and voting access issues. At the same time, they have taken the initiative to support positive alternatives such as same day voter registration, automatic voter registration, and flexibility for elections supervisors to choose a wider variety of early voting locations, such as campuses.



 



Alongside the adoption of the right to vote resolutions, several legislative bills have been filed proposing many, though not all, of the conditions found in the campus resolutions. Specifically, HM 1283 and HB 1073 call for an explicit federal right to vote and the establishment of a state right to vote, respectively. Legislators have yet to propose the task force on voting or a full repeal of HB 1355.