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Florida Election head says more election law changes could be coming

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Cord Byrd says while Tuesday's election went smoothly, he foresees more potential election law changes in the upcoming legislative session.

Florida Elections head Cord Byrd says all went well at the polls Tuesday and during the early voting days in the run-up to the election. But, the Secretary of State says there’s always room for improvement.

During an election night press conference, Byrd told reporters he expects more elections law changes in the upcoming legislative session.

“There’s a lot of great new representatives and senators that are going to be making their way to Tallahassee and so certainly we have some ideas and suggestions and I think that’s one of the strengths of why Florida leads the nation is because we go back and we analyze every single election, figure out what went right and what we can do better and so I anticipate there will be more suggestions in the upcoming legislative session," Byrd said.

In recent years, legislators have put new rules in place that have limited how ballot drop boxes can be used and have required voters to request mail-in-ballots more frequently. Governor Ron DeSantis has also created an elections crime unit.

Voting rights groups have decried the changes saying they make voting harder and in some cases have even intimidated voters.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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