Among a bevy of bills related to elections, Jacksonville’s supervisor of elections has proposed one that has drawn controversy – although it is not clear why.
Jerry Holland wants to require two poll workers in every precinct: one Democrat and one Republican.
How can that be a problem?
Poll watchers from the two major parties usually are at every precinct, but they have no authority and they aren’t in the midst of the process.
Still, there have been some objections raised to Holland’s proposal but they are vague.
The bill, SB 782 has been approved by the Senta Ethics and Elections Committee and it has a companion bill in the House.
Because of concerns about election security there has been a lot of attention lately on making them more secure. Other bills dealing with campaign contributions and political ads also are in the legislative hopper.
It is impossible to prevent fraud but all that can be done should be done.