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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