Sunday, September 20, 2009

Correction:Florida Voters Alert: Rule 1S-2.041 would make caging easie

Our apologies. A representative of the Florida Voters Coalition advised me that I had incorrectly referred to the Florida Voters Coalition in the first paragraph of this blog, when I should have referred to the Florida Fair Elections Coalition. The only change is within the first paragraph, and typed in bold:

Concerned citizens: Florida is set to adopt a dangerous rule that that could make voter caging easier. The Florida Department of state has issued new notice regarding the proposed rule 1S-2.041 "to address and eligibility records maintenance." The Florida Fair Elections Coalition warns that "If Florida passes proposed Rule 1S-2.041, it will permit officially sanctioned caging (vote suppression) to occur."
Warning Florida Voters - Voter Caging may become easier thanks to new rule 1S 2.041 Sept 10, 2009. The Florida Fair Elections Coalition warns that rules proposed by the Florida Dept of Elections would make voter caging easier. Rule 1S-2.041 is intended to address maintenance of voter registration rolls.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Concerned voters should contact Maria Matthews, Assistant General Counsel Florida Dept of State to request a workshop on be held on rule 1S-2.041 (email ) .Only if you request it will there be a workshop to discuss the rules and allow comments. If there is no workshop, then voter caging may yet become easier in the state of Florida.

Here is the email notice about opportunity to request a workshop:


· Rule 1S-2.041: A Notice of Rule Development Workshop was published today in Volume 35, NO. 37 of the Florida Administrative Weekly on proposed rule 1S-2.041 relating to address and eligibility records maintenance.
If this workshop is requested, it will be held on October 5, 2009 at 2 pm in Room 307, R.A. Gray Building here in the Florida Department of State.

The latest draft is not yet available. The Division of Elections’ website will include the latest draft on Monday or Tuesday of next week. · Rule 1S-2.033, relating to Standards for Nonpartisan Voter Education, was filed for adoption and became effective on September 13, 2009. The rule is available at:

Remember, if you have not already signed up for electronic notice of rulemaking, please subscribe

Have a good day!


Maria Matthews
Assistant General Counsel
Florida Department of State

R.A.Gray Building
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

850.245.6127 (fax)

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Written communications (including e-mail content and addresses) to or from state officials regarding state business constitute public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

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