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Municipal Elections in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral Postponed Due to Impact of Hurricane Irma on Lee County Voters

September 19, 2017

Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order on September 15, 2017, postponing municipal elections in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral to October 3, 2017, following an appeal by Common Cause Florida, State Voices Florida, the League of Women Voters Florida and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to delay these elections because of the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on Lee County voters.

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Common Cause Florida, State Voices Florida, League of Women Voters Florida and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Call on Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, to Postpone Elections this Month Due to Devastating Impact of Hurricane Irma upon Florida Voters

September 14, 2017

Today, Common Cause Florida, State Voices Florida, the League of Women Voters Florida and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, appeal to Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, to postpone municipal and statehouse elections scheduled in the coming weeks due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on the State of Florida and Florida voters.

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HURRICANE RELATED MEDIA ADVISORY: September 11 Voter Registration Deadline for Special and Municipal Elections in Hillsborough and Orange Counties

September 8, 2017

Potential voters temporarily displaced by Hurricane Irma, can print out voter registration applications online and mail them to their Supervisors of Elections. If they are postmarked by Monday, September 11, the application can still be processed for these elections. The Supervisor of Elections Offices will not be open on Monday, September 11.

Legislators Must Disclose ALEC Meeting Attendees

July 12, 2017

Today, Common Cause Florida sent a letter to Rep. Neil Combee and Rep. Mike La Rosa, urging them to disclose which legislators will be attending the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and who is paying their way.

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Capitol Report for Week Ending May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

The Florida legislature completed the 2017 regular legislative session on Friday, May 5th. A one-day special session ended around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8th with passage of an $83 billion state budget. The legislature needed the special session because it didn’t come to a final agreement on the budget in time to allow for the 72-hour waiting period between printing the budget and voting on it.

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