Florida House, Senate pass bill creating new voting restrictions

Florida’s House of Representatives and Senate have passed a bill creating new voting restrictions on Thursday night.

The bill includes new identification and signature requirements for voting by mail, limiting who can return a completed mail-in ballot, and restrictions for drop box use.

The legislation is backed by most Republicans.

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Democrats claim it unfairly targets people of color.

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for a signature.

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A spokesperson for the governor said DeSantis supports the bill, saying it “will ensure that Florida remains a national leader in election security, integrity and transparency,” ABC News reported.

Five states have already implemented election changes since November. Florida is poised to become the sixth.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.