Paul Renner elections bill affects filing fees, extended polling hours


HB 1325, filed by Palm Coast Republican Rep. Paul Renner, would modify a number of regulations currently in place relative to Florida elections.

One change would affect the payment of a filing fee, requiring a money order or cashier’s check drawn from funds contained within the campaign account.

Stricken from statute: language allowing candidates to pay the filing fee by cashier’s check if their original check bounced.

Another change would involve extending the time available to vote.

“[U]nless there is a specific showing or finding of fact that extraordinary circumstances exist to justify the extension,” that option would not be available to local supervisors of elections.

The Renner bill also tightens requirements on poll watchers, stipulating that no elected official can serve as a poll watcher.

Additionally, the legislation offers a fix for questionable vote by mail ballots, requiring the supervisor of elections to immediately notify the voter in case of a missing or non-matching signature. The voter can then resolve the anomaly with a “cure affidavit.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at


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