Elections bill advances out of key Senate committee


An election bill that shortens the state? early voting period and makes it harder for some voters to cast ballots passed a key Senate committee Tuesday following a series of amendments and promise from the sponsor that early voting hours would be restored on the floor, reports the News Service of Florida. The Senate Budget Committee approved the bill (SB 2086), which Republican backers said will reduce fraud and Democratic critics said was an attempt to make it harder for younger voters, who in 2008 came out in droves for Barack Obama, to cast ballots.