New law scuttles ballot signature fight

New Law Scuttles Ballot Signature Fight

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Nearly a month after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new elections law, a federal judge has dismissed a long-running legal battle about the handling of mismatched ballot signatures.

Then U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Florida Democrats filed the lawsuit last year in anticipation of a statewide recount in Nelson’s re-election campaign against former governor, Rick Scott. The race went to a recount, with Scott ultimately winning.

Last month, Gov. DeSantis signed a bill that made changes in the signature-verification process.

Both sides in the case said the new law resolved disputed issues about verifying signatures on vote-by mail and provisional ballots, so the judge dismissed the case.

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