Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage

Recent Posts

Capitol News Service Channel

Oops, something went wrong.

RSS Capitol News LIVE

  • Do Police Need Better Training to Recognize Autistic Individuals? 1, July22, 2016
    The shooting of a Miami behavioral specialist by a police officer while trying to calm an autistic man points to a lack of training for police dealing with someone who is autistic, say experts in the field. But, as Mike Vasilinda tells us, efforts to increase police training have gone nowhere two years in a […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • One day record for New Zika Cases 1, July22, 2016
    Congress is on vacation as Florida investigates what could be two cases of Zika potentially originating from mosquito bites here in the state. The state is also reporting 19 new cases of travel related Zika infections today, a one day record increase since daily reports began. Congresswoman Gwen Graham says the failure to fund a […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Panic Buttons for Classrooms 1, July22, 2016
    School districts could receive grants of up to two hundred thousand dollars to install classroom panic buttons under legislation introduced by Congresswoman Gwen Graham. The one term representative says there is still time for congress to act on her Securing our Schools legislation before the school year starts and says if the buttons are good […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Possible Florida Transmitted Zika Case Being Investigated 1, July21, 2016
    More than three hundred people have been diagnosed with the Zika Virus in Florida. All of them,so far, contracted the disease traveling abroad, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, state and federal health agencies are investigating what they believe may be the first mosquito bite transmitted case in the state. The state’s zika update shows […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Lawsuit Filed by FSU Library Worker 1, July21, 2016
    An FSU library worker on duty in November 2014 when a gunman shot three people is suing the university for ignoring her trauma. Paige McFadden was on duty at the entrance of the library when the gunman entered, shot her co worker, then pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger. She escaped injury […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Bondi Stumps for Trump Amid Calls for an Investigation 1, July20, 2016
    Trump University – a for-profit education system that has landed Donald Trump in hot water – continues to be a thorn in Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s side.  As Matt Galka tells us, left leaning groups in the state want the feds to get involved. Florida’s Attorney General is in Ohio stumping for Trump but […]
    Matt Galka
  • Pitbull Drops New Video With Help From Visit Florida…and Taxpayer Money 1, July19, 2016
    His nicknames include Mr. 305 and Mr. Worldwide and one state agency believes rapper Pitbull can draw more people to the state. As Matt Galka tells us, he is getting paid with some of our money…but how much is unknown. Pitbull’s new song titled “Sexy Beaches,” is an ode to dozens of Florida’s beaches and […]
    Matt Galka
  • Suspect Appears in Court on Two Year Murder Anniversary 1, July18, 2016
    One of the two suspects accused of carrying out a hit on a beloved FSU professor was back in court this morning. As Matt Galka tells us, it coincides with the somber anniversary of the professor’s death. “What’s going on with him?” “I don’t know. The driver side window is all bashed in, and he’s […]
    Matt Galka
  • Scott, Murphy Spar Over Algae Emails 1, July15, 2016
    Slimy and smelly algae blooms are wreaking havoc on some Florida beaches, and as Matt Galka tells us, the issue has become politicized with a US Senate Candidate and the Governor’s office butting heads. It started with Congressman Patrick Murphy’s office asking the Small Business Administration to hold off on a business relief announcement for […]
    Matt Galka
  • Sun Safety 1, July14, 2016
    July is UV Safety Month but of course when you live here, you should always be aware of the damage our beloved sunshine can cause. As Matt Galka tells us, the American Cancer Society wants Floridians to be smart not only this month, but all year round. A walk is part of the daily routine […]
    Matt Galka

RSS Quote of the Day

Categories

Archives

Controversy over Elections Bill Grows

May 18th, 2011 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that would drastically change Floridas election laws. The bill would limit early voting, make it harder to register voters and set a deadline for voters to update their registration information. As Whitney Ray tells us, the US Justice Department has been asked to review the changes.

Last year Carley Sattler helped register hundreds of voters at Florida State University.

A lot of students werent even aware that there were elections, said Sattler.

Carley is the Chapter Chair of FSU PIRG and regularly participates in voter registration drives. But she may stop signing up voters because of changes in Floridas elections laws.

I wouldnt be shocked at all if a lot of organizations stopped doing registration. The fees were scary enough the past semesters, now fees and deadlines are even more restrictive, said Sattler.

The changes shorten the time voter registration groups have to turn in forms from 10 days to two For each form turned in late a 50 dollar fine would be levied.

It would also force volunteers to registrar with the state before signing up voters. Those changes have volunteer groups like the League of Women Voters crying foul.

That could be an undo burden for people who really do this as a labor of love, something they are committed to and see as their civic duty, said League Spokeswoman Jessica Lowe-Minor.

Other changes include shortening early voting from two weeks to one and require voters who change their address 30 days before Election Day to cast provisional ballots.

The controversy surrounding the changes has already reached Washington A delegation of Democratic Congressmen sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for a review. The Justice Department responded with this letter promising to Carefully Consider the changes to see if they violate the Voter Rights Act.

Supporters of the changes say its all about fraud prevention. But theres only been 31 reports of voter fraud in Florida since 2008 and in only four of those cases arrest warrants were issued.

Besides third party voter registration groups and supervisors of elections Democrats oppose the bill. They say the changes would have a major impact on their voters because Democrats are more likely to voter early. Theyre also more likely to register to vote with a third party registration group.

Posted in Elections, State News | No Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2013 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com