Senate President Passidomo throws cold water on mail-in voting restriction proposal

by | Jan 9, 2024

Senate President Kathleen Passidomo expressed opposition to legislation seeking to restrict mail-in voting, citing the satisfaction of her elderly constituents with the current process and anticipating limited support for the bill in the Senate.

Senate President Kathleen Passidomo told members of the media on Tuesday that she does not support legislative efforts to restrict mail-in voting.

Senate Bill 1752, introduced by Sen. Blaise Ingoglia last week, seeks to significantly curtail the scope of voting by mail, limiting it to specific groups such as individuals away from their home counties, those with illnesses or disabilities, and overseas military members.

“A qualified absent voter may vote by mail if, on election day and during early in-person voting, the absent voter expects to be Absent from the county of his or her residence; Unable to appear personally … because of illness or physical disability or duties related to the primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled or because he or she will be or is a patient in a hospital; A resident or patient of a United States Department of  Veterans Affairs medical facility; or  Absent from his or her legal residence because he or she is confined in jail,” reads Ingoglia’s bill.

The measure additionally proposes that voters must request mail-in ballots for each election and restricts the drop-off locations to only the main and branch offices of election supervisors.

When asked about the legislation during a media scrum following Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘State of the State’ speech, Passidomo pointed to the high concentration of elderly constituents that she represents and their general satisfaction with the current mail-in vote process as it stands.

“I have a large number of elderly constituents,” said Passidomo. “We have a lot of elderly people who like the mail-in vote process.

Passidomo subsequently stated that she believes most members of the Senate feel that the mail-in vote process is “safe and secure,” and anticipates scant support.


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