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Senate moves proposal to elect secretary of state closer to the ballot

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The Senate voted tentatively Tuesday to ask the voters next year whether Florida’s secretary of state should once again be an elective position. SJR 882, by Sen. Aaron Bean, would amend the state constitution to make the Secretary of State an elected member of the Cabinet beginning with the 2022 General Election. Identical legislation is pending in the House. The Senate action set up the measure for a final vote. Bean argued the state’s chief elections officer should be “accountable to the people.” Now, secretaries of…

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Optimism holds that 2012’s three-hour and longer voter lines will not reappear

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The record voter turnouts being seen in Orange, Osceola, and many other counties for early- and mail-in voting is offering the best hope that Tuesday Florida might not see many or any of the disastrous and embarrassing three-, four-, and five-hour voting lines that plagued key precincts in the presidential election of 2012. You remember 2012: while voting went relatively smoothly in most of Florida’s 67 counties and in the majority of its precincts, enormous crunches hit others in that…

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Kurt Browning wants lawmakers to clear up campaign finance mess

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Gary Fineout reports: While there is a lot of talk about the veto of SB 6, don’t forget about the fallout from Gov. Charlie Crist’s other veto this session. Lawmakers included regulation of 527s, so-called for the section of the IRS code that covers them, in a lengthy elections bill that Crist vetoed earlier this month. The Legislature needed to act because a federal judge last year struck down the state law that covered these groups, which also go by…

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