A major step forward for the voters of Florida occurred, as both the House and Senate took action moving online voter registration forward. In the Senate, SB 228 passed the Appropriations Committee by a vote of 13-4, and will now head to the Senate floor. This legislation directs the state of Florida to implement a system to register to vote online by October 1, 2017.
An identical is moving through the House, and is expected to be voted on early next week. While both the House and Senate are moving OVR forward, there is a growing opposition from Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee. Although this is the number one legislative priority for all 67 county-elected Supervisors of Elections, as well as the League of Women Voters of Florida, Detzner has voiced concerns that his division may not be able to comply by the 2017 deadline. A leader in the negotiations, Senator Jeff Clemens, stated “There is absolutely no good reason why this can’t be done on time and done well. Twenty other states have already shown they can do it, and there’s no reason Florida should be lagging behind.” The League of Women Voters of Florida continues to advocate for Florida to join the 20 other states that have implemented OVR.by