Florida SB 1372

Sarasota Herald-Tribune,  January 7, 2020

"Another election reform bill filed by [State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg] last week also got on the [League of Women Voters of Florida's] radar (SB 1372). Among other things, it would delete a provision that prohibits using an address on a voter’s ID card as the basis to confirm or challenge the voter’s legal residence.

'That is the piece that raised our antenna,' said [Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters' Florida] adding it was too soon to tell what its consequences could be.

Brandes called it a 'glitch bill' that fixes a conflict in the law created in 2011, and was requested by the county supervisors. Currently under state law, the address on an ID presented by a voter at the polling place cannot be used to confirm or challenge the voter’s legal residence.

That single line, adopted eight years ago by the Legislature, prevents poll workers from asking citizens to clear up any discrepancy between the address on their ID and what’s in the voter registration book, [Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley] said."

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