Florida Voter Suppression Law Meant Far More Provisional Ballots, Slower Lines

Florida’s 2011 election law changes — passed by the state’s Republican legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) — led to a significant increase in the number of voters required to use provisional ballots. According to a Florida Times-Union report, hundreds of voters who moved to a new county were required to use a provisional ballot, rather than change their address on election day as had been previously allowed. Deirdre McNabb, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, told the paper that that was “like putting gum in the engine of the voting process.” In an interview with ThinkProgress, Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland (R), who saw more than a 23 percent increase in the number of provisional ballots, noted that “no doubt about it,” this new restriction was “one of many things that created longer lines” on Election Day.