Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
May 5, 2019
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today urging Governor Ron DeSantis to veto legislation that would disenfranchise voters by effectively instituting a poll tax:

“It is shameful that Republicans in Florida have passed legislation that effectively institutes a poll tax on formerly incarcerated individuals. Amendment 4 passed with nearly 65% of the vote, demonstrating overwhelming support for expanding voting rights, not suppressing them. House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, earlier this year, legislation that would have prevented such actions for federal elections. I hope the Senate will take up H.R. 1 soon, and I strongly urge Governor DeSantis to veto the Florida bill that passed on Friday. House Democrats will continue to make every effort to protect every American’s most fundamental right.”