Republican lawmaker files bill to expand early voting

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Republican Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla has filed the first GOP bill that would expand early voting, though the measure wouldn’t allow for as many days as previously allowed.

The Republican Legislature shortened the number of early voting days from 14 to eight before this past election, but some leading Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott, have said in the wake of long lines on Election Day that they have may have gone too far. The bill (SB 176) would boost the number of early voting days to nine, but one of those would have to be the Sunday before Election Day. That’s a nod to Democrats, who have complained about the loss of that day, on which early voting had been allowed previously. The bill would also allow local supervisors of elections to provide up to two additional hours per day of early voting if they wish.

Diaz de la Portilla is from Miami, which experienced some of the longest lines on Election Day, leading some critics to say that shortening of the number of early voting days was a mistake. 

Via The News Service of Florida.

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