Ben Wilcox on Florida Voting Bill

05/04/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last night we reported on the legislation that will eliminate touch screen voting machines in Florida, AND move up the state’s Presidential Primary to January 29th, making Florida the first large state in the country to vote for Presidential nominees.


But there ARE other provisions inserted in the bill that are not delighting certain advocates.  Such as now requiring that only individuals who have personal knowledge of an election law violation can make a complaint to the state Election Commission.


Ben Wilcox is with Common Cause Florida.  He says this will prevents many such complaints from going forward, considering it generally takes media reports to prompt such investigations (roll tape#1 o.q.”now in Florida”).


There were other provisions that groups ranging from the AFL-CIO to the League Of Women Voters took issue last week when they were introduced by Senate Republicans.  Common Cause’s Ben Wilcox said there is also language in the Elections bill that goes to the procedures of the Elections Commission.  But he listed another amendment he has problems with (roll tape#2 o.q.”revocations”)

 That’s Ben Wilcox, Executive Director of Common Cause Florida.     Another provision that The League of Women Voters is against is one that would fine groups like theirs  up to $1,000 a year if they fail to turn over registration information to elections officials within specified time periods.

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