Reasonable measures to ensure election security are warranted

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.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


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