Measure to restrict voting gains momentum04/21/09 Robert Lorei
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New legislation in Tallahassee would require voters to use provisional ballots if they have moved within 30 days prior to an election, prevent anyone from getting within 100 feet of a voter line, limit the existing list of acceptable identification for voting, prohibit voters from receiving legal advice while in line and requires initiative petition signature forms be submitted to supervisors of elections within 45 days of signing.
Last week, the bill passed the Senate's Ethics and Elections Commissions, split along partisan lines. Democrats complained the bill with the elections-related changes was a shell until the seventh week in session.
Republicans said the bill attacks voter fraud. The bill was put together as a normal review of elections laws and was a collaboration of Republican leaders working with Gov. Charlie Crist's office, said Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a Miami Republican and the bill's sponsor.
The NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union of Florida are trying to stop the legislation that could requirea driver's license, passport or a form of state identification cardin order to vote. The bill is gaining national attention from those who fear it would disenfranchise voters.
Weâ€™re joined now by Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho, who is opposed to this re-write of Florida's elections laws.