Elections supervisors could be punished under bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Elections supervisors could have their pay docked and be called out by the secretary of state for not doing their jobs under a provision the Senate placed in an elections bill.

The Senate on Tuesday made several changes to a House elections bill (HB 7013), including language that would allow the secretary of state to send a notice of non-compliance to elections supervisors if they don't report election results on time or follow other requirements in the law.

Elections supervisors could also have $2,000 in special qualification pay withheld.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says he supports the idea.

The amendment was proposed by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, who represents parts of Miami-Dade County. He has criticized the way Miami-Dade elections supervisor Penelope Townsley handled last year's election.

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