(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Florida Democrats revealed that they are scrambling to find all those who vote in the elections by mail following the election official’s decision to cancel all standing mail ballot requests.
The mass cancellations are a result of them needing to comply with a 2021 election law that sets further restrictions on mail-in voting. The legislation that was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis was blasted by voting rights advocates who claimed that it was discriminatory as it cut the duration of requests for mail-in ballots from four to two years. It also mandates that all existing mail ballot requests need to be canceled by the end of 2022, which would mean that election officials have already started to cancel millions of requests in order to start their new vote-by-mail voter list.
As a result, all those who had previously requested mail-in ballots in 2021 and 2022 would now need to make new requests if they want to participate in either the local election races or the 2024 presidential elections.
Previously voters were only required to set requests for ballots once every four years. Democrats have claimed that the new rules followed disproportionately affect Democratic voters who are far more likely to participate in mail-in voting than Republicans. In part, this is a result of the 2020 presidential election, as former President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election was stolen from him because of fraud in the mail-in voting system.
Democrats have now said they are working to educate their voters about the need to send new mail ballot requests in order to be able to vote through the mail-in system.
The state Democratic Party chair Nikki Fried argued that the rule was going to achieve exactly what the Republicans wanted, which is to limit available resources and suppress voters.
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