For months, it seemed possible, even probable: a smart, non-contentious effort to fix the state’s election system, which the Legislature fouled up badly with political tinkering in 2011.
The bill moving through the Florida Senate had been a reasonable, if timid, fix: expanding the shortened early voting period and putting some limits on the length of ballot referendums, while making it easier for absentee voters to fix errors on their ballots. Then last week, a senator tacked on a toxic amendment to intimidate Florida’s independent elections supervisors with new penalties.
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