Elections bill would shorten early voting period

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An amendment closely following a controversial House elections bill was tacked onto a Senate measure (SB 2086) Friday. The 4,023-line amendment, added by the Senate Rules Committee, would also shorten the state’s early voting period to one week before elections instead of two weeks, reports the News Service of Florida. “There’s lighter voting in days 14 through eight [before the election], heavier voting in days seven through one,” said Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, who supported the change. But elections officials said that, in many areas, there is very little difference between voting in two weeks. They also said the change could cause logistical problems by giving people fewer opportunities to vote. “Those people who voted in the first week are going to have to vote sometime or somewhere else,” said David Stafford, elections superviser in Escambia County. The bill passed, 10-2.

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