Proposed Election Legislation Discussions Underway in Florida Legislature
Let your state leaders know you support Election Integrity and Transparency
We are halfway through the 2021 Florida Legislative Session and our Republican leaders are addressing a myriad of bills addressing important issues affecting all Floridians. Some of the many proposals that are garnering attention are election integrity and transparency bills including House Bill 7041 and Senate Bill 90.
Almost 12 million voters cast ballots in Florida’s November 2020 election with nearly 43 percent voting by mail. Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida was nationally recognized for holding a safe and secure election. However, we also saw that other states encountered challenges with their election processes.
Florida wisely is not resting on its laurels and continues to review its election processes to ensure they are the most transparent and secure in the nation—with the goal of ensuring that every legal vote is counted, and that Floridians have confidence in the election process.
Many of you have reached out to offer your support and have asked how you can help. That is why we are encouraging you to reach out to your lawmakers to let them know that passing election integrity and transparency reforms this Session is a top priority.
And, while Florida continues to contemplate strengthening its election laws, all eyes are nationally focused on H.R. 1, the “For the People Act”, that is being described as a dangerous proposal, and nothing more than a heavy-handed attempt by the federal government to seize control of election administration from the hands of states.
According to a post by Michael Thielen, executive director of the Republican National Lawyers Association, “If there is one thing that unites those concerned with free speech, open, fair and honest elections; libertarians, conservatives; and the GOP and ACLU; it is opposition to HR 1.”
Thielen also went on to share a letter by several Secretaries of State who expressed their opposition to HR 1.
“We are writing you today to urge you to reject the “For the People Act” otherwise known as H.R. 1 or S. 1, which is a dangerous overreach by the federal government into the administration of elections.
“Each state legislature should have the freedom and flexibility to determine practices that best meet the needs of their respective states. A one-size-fits-all approach mandated by Congress is not the solution to any of our problems.
“These bills intrude upon our constitutional rights, and further sacrifice the security and integrity of the elections process. We firmly believe the authority to legislate and regulate these changes should be left with the states.”