League of Women Voters have problems with new elections bill05/22/07 Mitch E. Perry
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With much fanfare, Florida Governor Charlie Crist yesterday signed major election legislation that will eliminate touch screen voting machines in the state, and move next year’s Presidential Primary up to late January. But it will do much more than that. Several controversial amendments were tacked on to the bill late in the legislative session, and according to one group, have created barriers to allow people to vote starting next year. Among those amendments are tightening a Voter ID requirement. Florida law now dictates that a voter must show a picture ID of some sort to vote. There was 11 different items one could use at the polls- now that’s down to 9. The bill also will permit only those with firsthand knowledge of an alleged elections violation to file a complaint, and imposes fines up to $1,000 a year for third-party registration groups, such as The League of Women Voters, if they fail to turn over registration information to elections officials within specified time periods
And the Primary Election in 2008 has been moved up an extra week. Dianne Wheatly Gillioti is with the League of Women Voters in Florida (roll tape#1 o.q.”on the ballot”) Another provision in the new law would allow those who sign petitions for constitutional amendments to revoke their names up to 150 days after they sign petitions, a move voter groups said would create a cottage industry for the removal of signatures. Again, Dianne Wheatly Giliotti of the League of Women Voters in Florida (roll tape#2 o.q.” in the FloridaConstitution”) That’s Dianne Wheatly Giliotti , President of the League of Women Voters in Florida. Altamonte Springs Republican Lee Constantine, who sponsored the Elections Bill in the Senate, told the Associated Press last month, said The League of Women Voters got a lot,'' he said. ``I tried to make sure every single point they had'' was addressed..