Florida Adopts Sweeping Voting Reforms

By: - May 4, 2001 12:00 am

Florida lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a sweeping election reform bill Friday (5/4) that will address the voting ills that plagued last year’s presidential contest in the state.

Sunshine State voters will never again use punch cards or butterfly ballots. Recount rules will be clear, implemented statewide. Registration lists will be maintained by the state using a real-time computer system allowing poll officials to check voter status from precincts. Voters will cast ballots on state-of-the-art machines that allow them to correct mistakes.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in short – his state’s election system will become the envy of the nation six months after it was considered by many to be a worldwide joke.

Senate and House negotiators combined a number of pieces of legislation into

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