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On the heels of the 2016 presidential election lawmakers are reviewing what went well while looking toward some changes.

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The 2017 Florida legislative session hasn’t yet started, but the Senate Democrats have already elected a new leader for 2018.

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Florida is ready for the 2016 election, that’s what Secretary of State Ken Detzner told a panel of lawmakers during his confirmation hearing.

Dozens of new laws take effect Wednesday, despite a session that came to a screeching halt over health care reform. Cable and cell phone subscribers will get a tax break, voters will be able to register online and drone operators could be facing lawsuits.

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With Florida Governor Rick Scott’s ratification of SB 228, Florida joins 21 other states that allow online voter registration.

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Florida will now be joining several other states in online voter registration, after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law Friday.

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The Legislature agreed to mandate online voter registration by 2017, but don’t log-on yet. Governor Rick Scott’s top elections chief is strongly opposed.  

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Lawmakers in the Florida House and Senate have filed bills this week that would let citizens sign up to vote online. The online voter registration bill is a priority for the Florida League of Women Voters.

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The Florida League of Women Voters  has listed a bill that would let people sign up to vote electronically as one of its top three priorities for the legislative session this year. 

League President Deirdre Macnab says electronic voter registration is better by far than the current pen and paper version. 

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Florida’s 67 election supervisors are calling on the legislature to move voter registration online.

In a report issued Tuesday the supervisors say the online system should go into effect after the 2016 general election.  League of Women Voters of Florida President Diedre McNabb says her group is pleased with the supervisors’ support, but not quite so much with the timeline.              

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At the same time Florida election supervisors are looking at how to bring online voter registration to the state, the chance of legislative action on the issue went from tiny to nonexistent this week. The senator pushing online registration withdrew his bill amidst doubts it could pass the full Legislature.  

Ask the question “Should Florida voters be able to register online?” and you’ll get different answers from different people. Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) says yes.