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Nelson to Latvala: Hands off ballot drop-off sites


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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is slamming a plan to limit the use of absentee ballot drop-off sites, according to a letter he sent to Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, the Ethics and Elections chairman.

“After enduring numerous fiascos in the recent election cycle, including lines that stretched for hours at early voting sites and at the polls on election day, the last thing Floridians need are laws that make it harder for them to exercise their right to vote,” wrote Nelson, a Democrat.

A committee bill (SB 7068) now under consideration includes a restriction that supervisors of elections only accept absentee ballots at their offices, early voting sites or at a U.S. Post Office.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark disagreed with a directive last year from Gov. Rick Scott’s secretary of state, Ken Detzner, saying remote drop-offs couldn’t be used.

She continues to use tax collector offices and county library branches.

“I respectfully urge you to reconsider this provision, and to work with elections supervisors in Florida on ways to make it easier – not harder – for citizens to vote,” Nelson wrote to Latvala.


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