JACKSONVILLE, Fla – There’s a brand new push to vary how mail-in voting works in Florida that might enhance the variety of envelopes voters would get and have to mail again.
This proposed change would add additional steps to mail-in voting that supporters say will make the method safer.
Beneath present regulation, voters enclose accomplished mail-in ballots inside “secrecy” envelopes or sleeves earlier than placing them inside one other envelope to be mailed to county supervisors of elections or submitted at drop packing containers manned by supervisors’ employees.
Beneath the brand new proposals, voters would get at the very least 4 envelopes once they request a mail-in poll. Voters would discover their poll, return envelope, certification envelope, and a secrecy sleeve.
As soon as their poll is stuffed out, voters would want to place their poll within the secrecy sleeve and slide the secrecy sleeve into the certification envelope.
Beneath this proposal, voters would additionally must mark the certification envelope with the final 4 digits of their driver’s license, Social Safety quantity, or state ID. As soon as all the things is accomplished, voters can place all the things contained in the return envelope and mail it off.
At the moment, “secrecy” envelopes accompanying mail-in ballots wouldn’t have to be returned to supervisors for the votes to be deemed legitimate.
Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays, a Republican who’s a former state senator, known as requiring voters to make use of a “certification” envelope and supply the identification quantity on file with the supervisor’s workplace “a recipe for catastrophe.”
“Getting voters to comply with directions is just not simple,” Hays advised the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee on Feb. 1. “If you happen to suppose they’re going to comply with the directions with all of those envelopes, you’ve acquired one other thought coming.”
A Senate panel accredited the measure, which faces another committee earlier than the total Senate might vote on it. A Home committee signed off on the same invoice (HB 7057) final week.
The Home and Senate are additionally shifting ahead with measures that might create a statewide elections safety power and require elections supervisors to wash the voting rolls extra typically.
A number of voting rights teams are nonetheless difficult one other election overhaul handed final yr. They stated it was meant to make it tougher for Black and Hispanic voters to forged ballots by mail. The trial in that case is scheduled to wrap up this week.
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