Red State Bans Mail-In Voting?

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( – Florida State Senator Blaise Ingoglia (R) is pushing forward a bill that would restrict who was able to use mail-in voting. The restriction would be enforced through a strict set of conditions that eligible voters would need to meet.

However many in the state and across the country have criticized the Senate bill claiming that it would amount to voter suppression and that this was an attempt to influence the outcome of elections. Supporters of the bill have argued that this would help secure the democratic process.

This latest push towards the enforcement of the bill has come at a time when the Republican party has been divided between former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both of whom are running in the 2024 presidential race. Ingoglia has publicly endorsed DeSantis.

Trump is currently leading in the Republican primary race, with the majority of voters continuing to support Trump despite the legal troubles he is currently facing, some of which are connected to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack and his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Right now, any voter who is looking to vote by mail is allowed to register to vote and make a simple request for a mail-in ballot. However, with the new bill, those who are allowed to use mail-in ballots will be visited by those who are absent from their county of residence; unable to vote because of a disability or illness; a patient at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility; or in jail.

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