Florida lawmakers look to pass several bills related to elections

Posted at 6:21 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2020-03-16 20:25:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More voters, better democracy. State lawmakers say that's in store if their bills are approved next session.

Senator Linda Stewart and Rep. Geraldine Thompson are looking to make a number of changes to Florida elections ahead of 2020, the two saying they're needed to fix a fractured and uneven system in the state.

Here are some of the proposed changes:

- Same-day voter registration.
- Allowing for provisional votes outside a person's precinct.
- Making Election Day a state holiday.
- Turning Secretary of State into an elected position.

Thompson and Stewart's proposals failed to get enough support last session. But, undeterred, the two feel they have to try again.

"We're back this legislative session to give the legislature of the state of Florida an opportunity to get it right," said Rep. Geraldine Thompson, (D) Windermere.

The lawmakers have yet to file their new legislation. The 2020 session begins in January.