Sunburn – Morning read what’s hot in politics in Florida – 3.3.21

Sunburn - Morning read what's hot in politics in Florida - 3.3.21

The Senate is considering a bill that would change election laws, and it divides Florida influencers as much as lawmakers.

Among the many changes to SB 90 is a requirement that voters “re-request” a postal ballot for the 2022 election and every two years thereafter. Currently, postal ballot requests are valid for two election cycles of an even year.

Republicans say bill would make elections more secured. Democrats, meanwhile, say this is a brazen attempt to suppress the vote.

A bill from Dennis Baxley makes substantial changes to Florida’s postal voting system. Picture via Colin Hackley.

Florida Politics asked some of the most knowledgeable lobbyists, consultants and politicians for their thoughts on the proposal and found that both views prevail.

About three in ten influencers agreed with the GOP line, saying the measure was necessary to ensure the integrity of the mail-in vote. The tally included 43% of Republicans, 10% of Democrats and 10% of those with no party affiliation.

Meanwhile, 35% said the bill, sponsored by Republican Senator from Ocala, Dennis Baxley, attempts to reduce turnout. About a third of Democrats and 15% of Republicans chose this option. The top line received a boost from the 64% of NPAs who said it was a removal tactic.

But the most common response – albeit on a single point – was that the bill would attract serious scrutiny from the federal government. Republicans, at 43%, were most likely to share this view. The NPAs followed at 27%, the Democrats bringing …


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