Florida Republicans Introduce Omnibus Election Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, April 3, the Florida Senate Ethics and Elections Committee unveiled the text of Senate Bill 7050, an omnibus bill that revises multiple parts of Florida’s election code. The bill is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. EDT. Florida previously enacted an omnibus voter suppression bill in 2021, portions of which were struck down after a trial last year, although that ruling is paused pending an appeal.
Among other changes, the bill would
- Expand the purview of the newly created Office of Election Crimes and Security to conduct preliminary investigations of any irregularity of Florida election law,
- Require first-time voters without a verified social security number or Florida ID to vote in person,
- Mandate third-party voter registration organizations to re-register with the state for every single election cycle,
- Expand required list maintenance activities that could lead to more voter purges and
- Make numerous changes to mail-in voting.