Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has extended early voting as the state continues its recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian.
Secretary of State Cod Byrd recommended actions requested by election officials in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties.
Signed by DeSantis Executive Order 22-234 This will allow early voting to begin on October 24th and run through November 8th. The order also specified additional polling locations. Voters registered in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties can now “call to request that their Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot be mailed to an address other than their registered address,” You must provide a properly formatted ballot.” Submit your ID in the same manner as absentee uniform services and overseas voters.” Governor’s Office.
“Due to the effects of Hurricane Lan in affected counties, the strict application of several provisions of the Florida Election Code may prevent, impede, or delay action needed to address the emergency. and provide voters with ample opportunity for election officials in affected counties to vote,” reads the order.
DeSantis’ office said: “Numerous election officials have publicly expressed their readiness and, thankfully, most have stated very publicly that Ian’s influence will not interfere with their duties.” said.
“In the wake of Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of State is working with Florida election officials and Governor DeSantis to ensure the 2022 General Election is as efficient and safe as possible statewide and in the hardest-hit counties. We have made sure that it is implemented in a timely manner,” said Byrd. “Florida will continue to lead her 2022 election administration. I am confident.”
Election officials in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties said damage to polling places and early voting stations, disruptions to telecommunications services, lack of available polling place workers, and displaced voters were among the most common causes of voter displaced in the run-up to the midterm elections. is causing problems. None of the three counties reported any damage to voting machines, election-related equipment, or ballots.
“Ian was the fourth strongest landfalling hurricane to hit Florida since data began being recorded.” fox news“Roughly 2.5 million people across the state lost power shortly after the storm.”
Orders expire after 30 days.
Florida’s The Joint Legislative and Budget Committee will: $360 million DeSantis to direct recovery efforts for Hurricane Ian on October 13th.