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Florida Republicans on verge of barring free legal help for election officials

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Jun 18, 2018
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"Legislation recently approved in Florida would cut off free legal assistance to election officials -- alarming legal advocates who have worked to defend election workers from a barrage of threats, harassment and punishing new laws. The bill, which Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature passed this month and GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign, would extend an existing ban on private donations to help run elections to include "the cost of any litigation related to election administration." Critics say that provision amounts to a ban on pro-bono legal help for election officials.

..."Due process is a cornerstone of our democracy," said David Becker, a former Justice Department official who helps oversee the Election Official Legal Defense Network. The network, launched last September, connects election officials with free legal assistance. ..."The idea that you could be criminally targeted for prosecution but not represented by a lawyer who you chose, that you like, that is willing to represent you, pro bono -- that's blatantly un-American by any measure," Becker told CNN.

...GOP critics say the grants -- funded by more than $340 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan -- improperly skewed 2020 turnout to benefit Democrats. Private funding was key in some 2020 elections. Republicans have outlawed it in nearly a dozen states. Grant administrators have denied any political bias and say every election office that applied for a grant received one."


Republicans are determined to turn Florida into a third-world autocracy.
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