Today, Marco Rubio voted against legislation that would make it easier for Americans to register to vote and cast their ballots, crack down on political corruption, and stop voter suppression efforts in states like Florida by restoring sections of the bipartisan Voting Rights Act. Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Marcus L. Dixon released the following statement on Rubio’s vote:
“Marco Rubio had a simple choice today: defend Floridians’ sacred right to vote easily and safely, or double down on attacks on voting rights that have created chaos in our elections, divided our country, and kept people from making their voices heard in elections.
Too weak to stand up to his party and do the right thing, Marco Rubio voted against legislation to strengthen our democracy. Rubio voted against a plan to end partisan gerrymandering, against a plan to shine a light on dark money in our elections, and against a plan to strengthen election security.
As a career politician, Marco Rubio chose to make it harder for Floridians to participate in critical elections to serve his own political interests. If Floridians can’t count on Marco Rubio to stand up and defend the fundamental right to vote that makes our democracy an example for others across the world, we’ll exercise our right to vote in November and fire him from his job.”
The Freedom To Vote Act that Rubio voted down today would make it easier for millions of Floridians to vote. Millions of Floridians who are potentially eligible to vote but are not registered would have the opportunity to register up to and on Election Day. The bill would also prevent eligible voters from being moved to an inactive voter list as over 300,000 Florida voters have recently.