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Sancho Says Election Bill Doesn't Go Far Enough

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho standing over blown up images of the county's voting precincts.
Kate Payne

The Florida Legislature passed a bill that makes changes to the elections system in the state. It extends the time voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot from 5 days to 10 days. The hope is that it will prevent ballots from being mailed in at the last minute. Former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho doesn’t think the change will have much of an effect.

"The 10,000 ballots didn’t arrive on election day because they were requested 5 days before. They arrived on election day because people waited until the last second to mail those things in," said Sancho.

He says the only positive change the legislature made is extending the time period that elections officials have to certify the vote-by-mail ballots adding 5 more days. Sancho believes officials should’ve approved an even longer timeframe.