Florida lawmakers were poised to pass a sweeping election reform bill Friday (5/4) that they say will address nearly all of the voting ills revealed during last years presidential contest in the state.
Senate and House negotiators combined a number of pieces of legislation into Senate Bill 1118. Related bills cruised to unanimous approval in committees and lop-sided victories in both houses. Friday's vote comes on the final day of the Sunshine State's 60-day legislative session.
If signed into law, Florida leaders say their elections will be transformed from a national poster child for reform to a model system.
Florida's top officials, including Gov. Jeb Bush, Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan and Secretary of State Katherine Harris, have expressed support for most of the bill's provisions.
If it passes, Florida will become the third state in the nation to offer state money to modernize voting equipment. Georgia and Maryland adopted new election reform laws earlier this spring