Florida lawmakers will be asked to re-examine elections

Posted at 4:53 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 16:53:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - Florida lawmakers will be asked to tackle how elections have been run in the state, from the handling of vote-by-mail ballots to extending certification dates. 

That's according to Senate President Designate Bill Galvano, who will take the reins of the chamber on Tuesday.

Galvano said he has heard from a number of senators who want to revisit aspects of the state's election law, pointing to problems in the current election cycle.

Galvano said there probably wasn't much confidence in Florida's elections process to start with, going into Election Day. 

"We have sort of been painted with that brush since 2000. I think they definitely highlight that we have concerns, and you see repeated problems in the South Florida counties," said Galvano. "I think by the next election cycle, the voters are going to want to have more in terms of assurance that their votes are going to be properly counted."  

His goal is to keep future elections from a need for the judicial intervention that has taken place over the past week and a half since Election Day.

He discussed a need to look at how vote-by-mail ballots are handled, from signatures to the chain-of-command within a county supervisor's office.