Rick Scott Just Approved A Bill That Could Help Make It Easier For Residents To Vote

05/15/2015 11:52 am ET | Updated May 15, 2015
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill into law Friday authorizing online voter registration in the Sunshine State.

In a letter addressed to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who opposed the legislation, Scott said he signed the bill "with some hesitation."

Scott expressed concern over "the timing of required deliverables" ahead of the 2016 election, and also said he worried about cyber security threats.

"Despite these real world concerns, I agree that we must do everything possible to encourage 100 percent participation in elections, with zero percent fraud," Scott wrote.

Scott's administration previously released a report outlining concerns over the bill, including the cost of implementing an online voter registration system and citizens' access to the Internet. But Florida election officials -- who are also Republicans -- called the report "inaccurate at best" with "erroneous facts," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

In meetings with Florida lawmakers over the bill, Detzner raised concerns that implementing online voter registration would cause "distractions" ahead of the 2016 elections. According to the Tampa Bay Times, he raised concerns about "the forces of evil" that seek to disrupt Florida elections being able to compromise an online voter registration system.

A brief released by The Pew Charitable Trusts earlier this week outlined the benefits of implementing online voter registration and noted the change has been made by several states at a cost of less than $300,000.


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