Tallahassee, FL -- April 22, 2011 --
Last night the House passed an elections bill many Democrats and voter groups say will cut down on voter participation. The Senate is scheduled to take it up next week. The Senate’s version is expected to shorten early voting by a week. Traditionally more Democrats vote early than Republicans. Republican Governor Rick Scott says some changes are needed to ensure the integrity of Florida elections, but he’s not for any measure that would curb voter turnout.
The bill would also force people to cast a provisional ballot if they update their voter registration information on Election Day. In 2010, just half the provisional ballots cast were counted.