Senator Bill Nelson questions new ballot directive

5:42 PM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (right) sits with Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer



TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Sen. Bill Nelson will meet with Tampa Bay-area elections supervisors to discuss a new directive from the state regarding absentee ballot drop-off sites.

Nelson is scheduled to meet Tuesday with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

In a news release, Nelson, who is a Democrat, says he's concerned that the new directive is an attempt at voter suppression.

Last week, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner - who is Republican Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections advisor - ordered county elections officials not to "solicit return" of absentee ballots at locations other than an elections office or branch, because it's not allowed by law.

Some elections supervisors disagree. Pinellas County Supervisor Deborah Clark says she will continue to urge voters to drop off their absentee ballots at satellite locations.

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