TAMPA, Fla. — The Florida Supervisor of Elections Association is balking at an Executive Order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis Wednesday, calling it "substantially different" than what the association requested after the March election.
What You Need To Know
- Florida Supervisor of Elections Association at odds with executive order
- Gov. DeSantis issued executive order to election-related Coronavirus concerns
- Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer is president of the association
The executive order will address elections this year and possible impacts due to Coronavirus.
Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer is president of the association, and in a statement said, "...many of the state's Supervisors of Elections have already solidified their plans for the August primary election."
The association says it may be too late for local offices to make adjustments for Coronavirus based on the governor's order.
The Governor's executive order will allow the following:
- Local Supervisor of Elections offices can start counting mail-in ballots earlier than 22 days before the election.
- State Employees are being offered 2 extra days off if they serve as poll workers in their home county.
- Local Emergency Management Offices are ordered to supply personal protective equipment, like gloves and masks, for poll workers.
- Schools are being encouraged to close on August 18th and November 3rd to allow them to be used as polling locations, if needed.
The Supervisor of Elections Association asked Governor DeSantis in March to allow for extra early voting days, and establish regional early voting locations to address a shortage of poll workers as well as polling locations that may close at the last minute that are located at neighborhood and community centers.
The Supervisor of Elections Association will review the executive order in the coming days to determine what, if any, changes can be made before the August Primary.