The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee approved legislation Tuesday that would allow Florida voters to register online–but only after the looming 2016 presidential election. The bill (SB 228) would allow Floridians with driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards to submit applications online, using signatures on file with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, as long as the voter’s name and date of birth matched the agency’s records. Otherwise, the system would fill out a form that could be printed and taken to the office of the local supervisor of elections.
Sen. Jeff Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat who is sponsoring the bill, said the new system would actually be more secure than the current process for registering to vote, especially when compared to registration drives.
“If you think about it, these applications now go directly from your computer to a supervisor of elections through the DHSMV instead of, again, being handed to a third party that’s out doing voter registration, where we don’t really actually know what happened to those applications,” Clemens said after the meeting.