Under the guise of making changes to the voting laws they enacted last year that caused so many problems during the 2012 election, Republicans in the Florida Legislature are finding new ways to potentially suppress the vote in the next one.
This time it's a move that could cost members of the military, among others, their vote due to the potential for uncounted absentee ballots through additional paperwork and an easily overlooked witness requirement for signatures:
Latvala's [Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater] bill drew a rating of "B" from the League of Women Voters of Florida, whose president, Deirdre MacNab, called the bill "strong." She said the bill would be better if it repealed the 2011 requirement that voters who move from one county to another cast provisional ballots.
The Senate bill's most controversial provision remains a requirement that any voter who casts
an absentee ballot has to get another adult to witness the voter's signature. "That is just a recipe for disaster," said Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. His sentiments were echoed at Tuesday's Senate hearing by elections chief Paul Lux in Okaloosa County, where, he predicted, the ballots of many military personnel would be rejected.
"There's no tangible benefit to the voter, and this provision will result in more ballots being not counted for our military members," Lux testified.