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PolitiFact Florida checks Sen. Chris Smith on the elections bill



If you're not up to speed on the elections package up for a Senate vote Wednesday, check out this PolitiFact Florida fact-check outlining how it would change voting.

The fact-check explores claims by Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, in a Sunday op-ed for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Smith and other Democrats have criticized SB 600/HB 7013 for not going far enough to address problems that came up during the state's 2012 presidential election.

"This bill mandates only two things that will address concerns from the last election," he wrote. "It allows persons to correct an absentee ballot if they did not sign it and requires an extra two hours a day for early voting. Everything else in this bill is discretionary. Under SB 600, Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, Duval, Orange, Hillsborough, Jackson, Franklin, Dixie and all the rest of our 67 counties can do exactly what they did in 2012, with the exception of just two more hours per day for early voting. Nothing else is mandated. Nothing else is changed."


Read why we rated his claim about the bill's scant requirements Half True.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:06pm]


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