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Friday, April 19, 2024

Marion County Supervisor of Elections breaks down new election laws in Florida

The Marion County Supervisor of Elections is trying to help residents understand a collection of new election laws passed in the state of Florida this year.

Marion County Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox released a fact sheet to explain the new law through the organization’s website and social media channels this month.

“In late April, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 90, an Election Administration bill revising certain sections of Florida’s Election Law,” reads the release, which focuses on the changes and how they may affect voters “as it relates to voter registration updates, vote-by-mail requests, and ballot drop boxes.”

One such change is that the drop box located outside of the Marion County Supervisor of Elections office (981 NE 16th Street) will no longer be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instead, voters will only be able to drop balls inside the election’s office during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, all voters must now have a request on file to receive a vote-by-mail ballot, which will cover them through “the end of the calendar year of the next scheduled general election,” according to the release.

In a brief statement issued by the Florida Supervisor of Election before the bill was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, the group denounced the new bill.

“Florida Supervisor of Elections (FSE) does not support SB90 or HB7041 in their current form, but continues to share information with the legislature,” reads a press release from April 23.

To read the entire statement from the county office, visit the Marion County Supervisor of Elections website.