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House to spare Miami-Dade election chief. Will Senate agree?


Update: The House voted 115-1 to approve the measure, with Melbourne Republican Rep. John Tobia, R-Melbourne, dissenting in a failing effort to maintain Florida elections as joke.

The Florida House is about to take up the elections overhaul bill fixing early and absentee-ballot voting. And it looks as if the chamber decided to avoid a Senate plan that would give the state greater power to sanction and even remove "noncompliant" election supervisors.

Yesterday, it looked as if the House was shopping a compromise that would target only non-elected election supervisors. That is, a measure targeting only one county: Miami-Dade. Background is here.

But now all that language has been removed in an amendment (Download HB7013a)to be voted on today.

If adopted, the amended bill heads back to the Senate, where Miami Republican Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla wants the language. He notes that election supervisors in five counties, including Miami-Dade, had troubles in the last election. And they should be put on the spot for that.

Another issue: The House watered down a part of the law that would slap people with a felony for possessing more than two absentee ballots of others. The House bill downgraded that crime to a misdemeanor.

Chances are, the Senate will agree with the House bill and it'll pass.