Sen. Scott introduces bill requiring mail-in ballots to be counted within 24 hours of Election Day

Florida Senator Rick Scott proposed a new bill called the “VOTER Act” which would require states to count and report all ballots in a federal election within 24 hours.

Scott tweeted “Voting is fundamental to our democracy and it is a sacred right that we must protect and cherish.”

He added “My VOTER Act will create uniform standards for voting-by-mail, provide protections against fraud, & make sure we have timely federal election results.”

 

According to Fox News if the bill became law, it would require voting precincts to report the total number of in-person and mail-in ballots they received — one hour after polls close — to identify “the total universe of votes to be counted in the election.”

In a press release Scott writes “Currently, mail-based absentee voting in federal elections is governed by a patchwork of state laws, with varying deadlines for requesting, returning and receiving mailed ballots. As states pursue the expanded use of mail-in ballots, the VOTER Act will ensure the security, reliability and orderly conduct of federal elections. The bill also creates a deadline for state election officials to tally and report the election results to avoid prolonged uncertainty in the outcome of a federal election.”

Senator Rick Scott said, “Voting is fundamental to our democracy and it is a sacred right that we must protect and cherish. I always say we need 100% participation and 0% fraud in our elections. Florida has absentee voting and it works well. But the standards for mail-in voting vary widely across the country, causing confusion and a distrust in the system. We need standards nationwide to ensure voters decide the outcomes of elections – not the courts. We can’t wait weeks or months to find out the results of this election or any election in our future – a scenario made all the more likely by the Democrats’ push to change laws late in the game and eliminate standards that protect against fraud. The VOTER Act will create uniform standards for voting-by-mail, provide important protections against fraud, and make sure we have a timely federal election result. We need to pass this bill now to ensure a smooth and secure election.”

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