Supervisor of Elections: Elections Bill is a Travesty

The House Republican Leadership has introduced a bill that the Leon County Supervisor of Elections calls a travesty.

Proposed House Bill 1355 passed through a subcommittee Friday morning.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says proposed House Bill 1355 destroys the election process as it currently exists in Florida and he went to legislators to let them know that he strongly opposes it.

Sancho shook his head at the 128-page document before heading inside the House Office Building to let the Governmental Operations Subcommittee know how he feels.

But, to no avail. The subcommittee members voted in favor of proposed House Bill 1355.

Sancho says he disagrees with a change that would allow the partisan appointee of the governor to control all supervisors of elections and give them orders, or remove them from office.

Sancho said, "This is ridiculous. It would be as if an appointed water district commissioner could order an elected legislator around. There's only one reason for this and that is partisan control over the process. It serves no interest of the citizens."

Sancho says he's also against the bill because it would make it illegal for voters to continue doing address and name changes at their voting location.

Sancho says this bill would only make voting harder for residents--which he says is the last thing voters in Florida need, considering the state's voting history.

He says the changes would force people not to vote or not know if their vote counted after casting their ballot.

It has to go through another subcommittee. But, Sancho says he does not believe it will go all the way because he says these changes go against federal law.

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  • by Reagan Republican on Apr 3, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    I don't agree with this bill!!! The Supervisor of Elections should be controlled by the votes of the people.
  • by My2Cents Location: Tallahassee on Apr 3, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    I agree with this bill....because some of those old supervisor's of elections need to be gone and not just kept hanging around doing nothing and earning at least 100 a year.
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      by hmmm on Apr 4, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to My2Cents
      care to name names? how familiar with their responsibilities are you?
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Apr 2, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    This bill would be a travesty to everyone who has the right to vote. If it passes, it is one more nail added to the coffin that has become this great state of Florida.
  • by grady Location: tallahassee on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    to voter fraud, rolling on the floor laughing at a fascist ragging on the communists and the democrats. do you do a stand up routine? id love to see it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    Sounds like a great bill to me! If Ion is against it, I am all for it. Let's hope we don't have another attempt to stealnan election like the tree hugger tried in 2000.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to
      You are not quite correct, the 2000 election was stolen and decided by Katherine Harris with the approval of the Supreme Court based on less than accurate evidence provided by the lawyers for the Republican party. Election law was violated by both sides on that election like not following the election law concerning ballots from the military not having proper postmark.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2011 at 04:26 PM in reply to
        Every recount showed GEB won. If Al had won his own state of Tennessee, he wouldn't have had to try to steal Florida.
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          by PaperBallots on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to
          False. At the time of the SC ruling,approx 170,000 votes had NEVER been counted - not even once. Media hired NORC to research all ballots (but not allowed to specify actual winner). But you can read all data on their website. End result: Gore won FL by approx 30,000 votes.
  • by Voter Fraud Location: Tallahassee on Apr 2, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    Voter Fraud is an invention of the Communist Party, and has now been profected by the Socialists/Democrats in the United States. Democrats are changing the definition of Democracy daily, and the masses are so endoctrinated by the educational system now, that they are now deliberately ignorant. Case in point, the unrest in the middle east is being painted by the media as a call for democracy. If you believe that, I have some Oil rich property in the mountains of Afghanistan for sale.
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      by PaperBallots on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM in reply to Voter Fraud
      Voter fraud has been studied many times and is virtually non-existent. ELECTION Fraud is massive and has been implemented with tremendous success by the GOP. Do a you tube or google search on Clint Curtis, Ray Lemme, Steve Spoonamore, Mike Connel.
  • by airborne on Apr 2, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Strong work! Keep exposing the problems in voting in Florida which allows election fraud. This bill should be an embarassment to the locals but isn't because of all the blatant corruption. If, and it's a big if, this bill passes I'm betting the feds will step in (again) and enforce the law (again). And to all the genius locals who are going to say "go home yankee," the Leon County election supervisor is from New York. Hahahahahahaha!
  • by off course on Apr 2, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    I say it should be harder to vote, if you can not prove your identity, then go way. Too many people 'look alike' and use their mamas or aunts name and photo (and disabled sticker)
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      by grady on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:55 AM in reply to off course
      yeah, we have such a problem in this country with too many people voting. i only wish it would be harder for you to vote because you obviously vote for idiots
  • by MC Location: Tallahassee on Apr 2, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    Is Rick Scott's name really Hitler? It seems to me he is trying to destroy every opportunity for citizens to have their say. Go Ion - you are right. In this instance, the "governor" is just a super jerk who wants ultimate power. Scott is a dangerous man - wake up citizens and realize that we did not elect a good man - you elected a rich man who is only interested in taking care of his friends. He should not have ultimate control and supervisors of elections. Recall him, please - because after he is there 4 years, there won't be anything left of Florida government except a dictator.
  • by angel Location: tally on Apr 2, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    What a shame. This looks like the republicans are trying to put obstacles in the way so that Florida will not be able to do what it did during this past presidential election, and that is be heard. The republicans just cant seem to play fair.
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