Tallahassee, Florida – More than 100 people came to the state Capitol on Thursday to protest against the proposed new requirements for voting by mail. The new restrictions proposed are due to uncertainty over last year’s changes, which are now being considered in federal court.
Senate Bill 524 will require more identifying information, such as a partial Social Security number or a driver’s license number on ballot papers by mail. He is also setting up the Office of Crime and Security of Elections under Governor Ron DeSantis.
“We want it to be easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Dennis Bexley, chairman of the Senate’s Ethics and Elections. He said lawmakers are just trying to do better.
“We just have to make sure that voters support the integrity of this system because we have a close election,” he added.
But more than 100 people showed up in Tallahassee to say, don’t mess with my vote.
Daryl Jones is chairman of the Leon County School Board and works with the NAACP. He told the crowd, “And too many people have sacrificed for us to have the right to vote, for us to allow someone to suppress our voice.”
Gubernatorial democracy candidates Annette Thaddeus and Nicki Fried also said no.
“It goes so far as to limit who can cast a ballot by mail,” Thaddeus said. “Could it be because Democrats outperform Republicans in postal voting?”
Fried warned DeSantis.
“Government, this is not your job. Turn on the turn signal and return to your lane. Let the legislature do it, ”she said.
Many of the groups that took part in the rally have filed a lawsuit against last year’s Senate Bill № 90. The process is in its third week.
The bills have another hearing in committee in each chamber, and we are told that negotiations are underway behind the scenes to highlight some differences in the legislation.
The changes proposed this year to require more identification in the ballot papers by mail, if adopted, will not be included in the 2024 election cycle, but other things, such as the Bureau of Election Investigation, could be set up by November.
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