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Some Weigh In On Scott Approving Online Voter Registration Bill

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

Despite his uncertainties about the otherwise popular “Online Voter Registration” bill, Governor Rick Scott has signed the measure into law. Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) expressed elation with the bill’s approval, pointing to support from lawmakers in both parties.

“What’s most important, I believe, about the passage of this law today, is that when you look at a bipartisan work product, you have the support of the speaker, and you have the support of the senate president, along with all the members who worked hard on it,” Williams says.

Scott has expressed concern with the idea, fearing a lack of cyber security might jeopardize the application process. Williams disagrees, saying most cases of voter fraud happen during elections, rather than with registrations. State officials will need to have a system up and running by October 2017.

Matthew Seeger began his work in radio in 2012, during an internship he took with WUSF in Tampa. He went on to volunteer at 89.7 FM “The Voice” for several years as a news anchor and production assistant. He began working with the WFSU news team in January of 2015. In addition to reporting the news, Matt is a voice actor, having recorded and produced several creative audio pieces, as well as his own series for V89’s Vox Populi program called “Tales from Hell Creek,”-- a series of slice-of-life vignettes about dinosaurs.