How the New Voter ID Laws Impact Florida
The new voter ID laws will have a significant impact on Florida. It’s a fact that many voters hindered by the new voter ID laws are likely to vote for President Obama. Since many of these voters will not vote due to the strict voter ID requirements this swing state is in danger of casting a skewed vote in election.
Florida in 2001 and Voter Fraud
Remember 2001 when George Bush beat Al Gore. Many people blamed the voting process on the narrow victory, the key battleground state in question in this election was Florida. We need to stand up for democracy and that means giving everyone a fair opportunity to cast their vote as American citizens. This is even more important in Battle Ground states like Florida where the voter ID laws make their biggest impact.
Details of Florida Voter ID Requirements
Florida Voter ID Requirement
The clerk or inspector shall require each elector, upon entering the polling place, to present a current and valid picture identification as provided in s. 97.0535(3)(a). If the picture identification does not contain the signature of the voter, an additional identification that provides the voter’s signature shall be required.
Acceptable Forms of Florida Voter ID
- Florida driver’s license
- Florida ID card issued by the Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- U.S. passport
- Debit or credit card
- Military identification
- Student identification
- Retirement center identification
- Neighborhood association ID
- Public assistance identification
Florida Voters without Voter ID
If the elector fails to furnish the required identification, the elector shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. The canvassing board shall determine the validity of the ballot by determining whether the elector is entitled to vote at the precinct where the ballot was cast and that the elector had not already cast a ballot in the election.
Florida uses signature matching: the voter signs the provisional ballot envelope. That signature is compared to the signature in the voter registration records. If they match, the ballot is counted.
Florida Voter ID Moving Forward
Florida will be a key state moving forward. Help prevent voter fraud the right way and fight back against the current voter ID laws if think that they are unfair. Remember the actually counts of voter ID fraud have been few and far between, many seniors, students and those struggling to get by will not cast their vote due to the current voter ID laws in Florida. Don’t stand back and let injustice continue if you believe the new laws are wrong.