It doesn’t matter how many supervisors of elections complain that their small Florida counties don’t need 14 days of early voting and can’t pay for them, 14 days should be the law say Senate Democrats. “What’s the price of democracy?” asks Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale. Senate Dems met with the capital press Monday to lobby for seven steps they want to see in the final elections bill. Never mind that the Republican-controlled Legislature is moving to change the state’s election law to prevent the long lines of last November, Democrats say the GOP proposal doesn’t go far enough.
The Republican version would allow counties to choose between eight and 14 days of early voting. Democrats also want supervisors of elections to be able to choose more early voting sites and if a polling place has a wait of more than one hour, then the supervisor should have to open another location or bring in more voting booths.