Florida early voting laws likely to change again

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January 8, 2013


By Justin Haas

TALLAHASSEE Florida Early voting laws are likely to be changed once again in Florida. Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, the man who sponsored the 2011 law that reduced the number of early voting days in Florida, has now authored a bill which would provide increased early voting opportunities.[1]

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature are holding hearings about last year's election, which resulted in some voters having to wait in line for up to five hours. The elections committees in both chambers will likely decide whether a change in legislation is required.[1]

The newest early voting proposal would give counties an extra day for early voting before a general election and allow them to keep polls open for 14 hours. The 2011 law reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to 8 but increased the number of hours per day to 12 from 6. In addition, the bill would require all elections supervisors to submit a report three months prior to a general election, outlining preparations for that election.[1]

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