“We’re very concerned that the Legislature slid this in and amended the statute,” said Patti Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.
A controversial bill surrounding the administration of elections, which Gov. Ron DeSantis has already publicly supported, isn’t sitting well with those who fought to have early voting on college campuses.
DeSantis received the bill, SB 7066, last week after lawmakers passed it in May. The 64-page bill requires that convicted felons pay all fines before being allowed to vote, causing another hurdle for nearly 1.6 million potential Florida voters after the state overwhelmingly passed Amendment 4 in November.
But buried in the bill is a stipulation that early voting sites must provide enough free parking spots based on expected turnout to give all voters an equal chance to cast ballots.
See the full story here. The are various types of barriers facing student voters including photo ID requirements, voting booth availability, the flexibility of poll hours, and the availability of time off from work with pay for voting. Some states even have financial penalties for the violation of deadlines or rules related to registration lists. Online voter registration, absentee voting, and early voting are some policies that clearly are shown to ease voting.