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Come to Florida for Beaches and Bars, but Not Digital Ballot Images

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We've got lots of sunshine in Florida. We are also blessed with plenty of beaches and bars.

Our bounty of riches may explain why we have more than our share of COVID-19 running around the Sunshine State these days.

These facts, though, tell me something else: we probably need to take a refresher course in common sense.

An early July lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court, home to Tallahassee, our capital city, confirms my suspicion that Floridians don't always major in common sense.

The lawsuit demands that election officials in all 67 Florida counties keep a copy of digital-ballot images produced when we cast our ballots. The lawsuit also asks a judge to require state election chiefs to instruct the county supervisors of elections to retain the images.



Imagine that? Voters want election officials to retain digital images of votes cast during a time when Russia and other bad actors want to mess with our elections.

Voters also know that Florida hands out passes to razor-thin election-night party recounts. We had at least three statewide mandatory recounts in 2018.

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