The voting rights rally in
, one of 23 held throughout the state on Tuesday, attracted a few dozen protesters.
The effort was aimed at "trying to build some momentum" on behalf of efforts to change state election law, said Nick Steffens of Parkland, an organizer of the event. "If you don't show public support there's a very good chance things will be watered down."
Sponsors of the Free the Vote rally want a guarantee of 14 days of early voting for at least 12 hours a day before big, statewide elections. For last year’s presidential election, early voting was cut to eight days by Gov.
Scott has said he'd go along with a new law that reverses what he signed into law and allows up to 14 days of early voting.
The governor has also said he'd go along with limiting the length of proposed constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Legislature.
Critics said the reduction in early voting hours and the lengthy ballot caused by long ballot questions contributed to long early voting lines last year.
Fewer than 30 protesters had gathered an hour into the event, which started at 4 p.m. Among them were Cynthia Busch, vice chairwoman of the Broward Democratic Party, and Maggie Davidson, the state Democratic committeewoman for
Most carried signs on other topics: anti-Rick Scott and pro-abortion rights.
One of the few who held a voting sign was retired teacher Elsa Labonski of