The Florida Legislature is moving ahead with a fix to the state’s vote-by-mail ballot law that a federal judge called “illogical and bizarre.” The Florida House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill (HB 105) that requires county election offices to notify voters if their signatures on their ballot and voter registration forms don’t match. Voters would then be given a chance to fix the problem before the election. A similar measure is moving in the Senate.
Rep. Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat, said the change would make sure that voters are not disenfranchised. She said that elderly voters, especially those who suffer from arthritis or other ailments, may no longer have signatures that match.
Current law did not require voters to be notified. The Florida Democratic Party challenged the law last year in federal court.