DeSantis issues executive order to secure ballot box access in hurricane-damaged areas

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday to expand voter accessibility in areas where Hurricane Ian directly struck
  • Provisions include an extension of the number of days voters in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties can vote, as well as the option to request a mail-in ballot be sent to an address other than the one an individual’s record
  • Poll workers trained for the 2020 election will also be permitted to work in the same role for midterm elections

Gob. Ron DeSantis on Thursday issued an executive order that includes provisions to ensure access to Florida’s 2022 General Election ballot for the voters of Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties.

Provisions include extending the number of days in which residents can early vote, as well as the designation of additional early voting locations. The early voting period may begin as early as Oct. 24 and can extend through Election Day.

“In the wake of Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of State has worked with Florida’s Supervisors of Elections and Governor DeSantis to ensure that the 2022 General Election is administered as efficiently and securely as possible across the state and in the counties that received the heaviest damage,” said Secretary Cord Byrd, who recommended the executive action. “Our local elections officials will have all of the resources and support they need to run another successful election.”

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