League of Women Voters of Florida
League of Women Voters of Florida Responds to Legislature’s Passage of Historic Election Reform
Tallahassee, FL–There were some heart-stopping moments, but today the Legislature did what at times seemed impossible: it approved a substantive election reform bill (HB 7013), helping ensure that Florida elections will no longer become fodder for late night television.
“This reform was essential for the people of Florida, and the Legislature is to be congratulated for its bipartisan collaboration to bring such a superior effort to the Governor for his signature,” said League president Deirdre Macnab. “We believe the changes in this bill will help prevent the long lines, observed all across the world, that Florida voters endured last November.”
The bill expands access to early voting by allowing more early voting days, gives supervisors more flexibility in choosing early voting locations, keeps legislatively-generated amendment summaries to 75 words or less, and restores the ability of Floridians to move within the state and still cast a regular ballot. It also, for the first time, allows voters who vote by mail to have a window of time to ensure their ballot counts if they forget to sign the outside of the envelope.
In particular, the League notes the hard work of Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jim Boyd, who worked tirelessly this session to ensure lawmakers made good on their vow to reform Florida’s election laws in a bipartisan fashion. LWVF also salutes both parties for reaching across the aisle to work together and bring their best ideas forward.
The League will remain vigilant in its promise to protect our constitutional right to vote from any future efforts to disenfranchise Florida voters.
For questions or further comments, please contact Deirdre Macnab at (407) 415-4559.
The League of Women Voters of Florida, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit the League’s website at: www.TheFloridaVoter.org.