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.

READ: After heated debate, Florida House passes elections bill, sends it back to Senate

Democrats claim it unfairly targets people of color.

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

READ: Florida Senate passes bill proposing election, vote-by-mail changes

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.

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.


Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

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