Local representative calls for vote-by-mail laws after Post investigation

Emily Slosberg, State House District 91

Prompted by a Palm Beach Post investigation of candidates relying on mail-in voting in Florida, state Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton,  is calling for laws that would stop candidates from being inside a voter’s home while they fill out a ballot.

Slosberg said she plans to find a germane bill and file an amendment to it to prevent campaign workers or a candidate from being inside a voter’s home while he or she fills out a vote-by-mail ballot. Slosberg is on the Public Integrity and Ethics Committee and plans to discuss moving forward with Chairman Larry Metz.

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Slosberg pointed to the Florida Statute that bars someone from soliciting voters inside a polling place or within 100 feet of one. “Why should a person’s home be different? In fact it should be more secure,” she said.

The Post’s investigation published March 10 showed no state law blocks a candidate from going into a voter’s living room and helping voters fill out their ballots. The Post described how Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard and state Rep. Al Jacquet took advantage of those laws to score heavy vote-by-mail turnout to win their Aug. 30 primary races.