The Downballot: The stakes for Florida’s abortion amendment just got higher (transcript)

The Downballot: The stakes for Florida’s abortion amendment just got higher (transcript)

Florida’s Supreme Court just greenlit a ballot measure to enshrine abortion in the state constitution—and simultaneously allowed the GOP’s new six-week abortion ban to become law. That makes the already-high stakes for this amendment even higher, as we discuss on this week’s episode of The Downballot. Co-hosts David Nir and David Beard also talk about the death of New Jersey’s infamous “county line” and how the GOP managed to pick yet another whackjob candidate for yet another congressional special election.

Our guest this week is Daria Dawson, the executive director of America Votes, an organization that forms a crucial piece of infrastructure for the progressive moment. As Dawson explains, America Votes plays the role of “traffic cop” to ensure that its 400 partners don’t duplicate each other’s work—and that the right groups communicate with the right voters. She also emphasizes that Democratic candidates need to affirmatively tie themselves to ballot measures protecting abortion rights and says that voting rights are key to differentiating between the parties when talking to voters.

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