Major election law overhaul driving the day in the Florida House

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This year? main elections law bill (HB 1355) is expected to become the vehicle today for a proposal by House Speaker Dean Cannon to address the timing of next year? presidential primary, reports the News Service of Florida. An amendment filed to the bill would create a commission to set the date of next year? primary somewhere between early January and early March. The commission would have until October to set the date, giving lawmakers a little breathing room. Voting rights activists were already angrily watching the bill to which the primary commission is expected to be added. That? because it would make changes to some polling place rules that some activists say are bad for voters. The bill would no longer allow voters to change their address if they show up to vote and have a new address since the last time they?e voted. Same for name changes, such as for women who have gotten divorced or married. Currently, those people can just make the changes and then vote. But under the bill before House State Affairs today they? have to vote on a provisional ballot. The bill also is aimed at making it harder for citizens voter registration groups to register voters, by making them turn in signatures within two days of collecting them.

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