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Detzner Says He Hasn't Advised Scott On Online Voter Registration

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) -- Secretary of State Ken Detzner says he has not given advice to Florida Governor Rick Scott about a bill that would let Floridians register to vote online.

While Detzner has voiced opposition to the measure (SB 228), approved by state lawmakers, Scott's election chief said he will work to get the system running by 2017 if the legislation becomes law.

"We will give it 110 percent of our effort to make sure that it's implemented properly and safeguarded against any security risks," Detzner said Tuesday after appearing before Scott and the Cabinet.

Scott's office has not said how the governor will handle the bill, which would require the state Division of Elections to develop the online voter-registration application by Oct. 1, 2017.

Lawmakers also included $1.8 million, which must still be approved as part of the budget, to pay for setting up the system. During the legislative session, Detzner said his agency will be busy next year overseeing what is expected to be the largest election in state history and is already undertaking a two-year rewrite of the statewide voter-registration system.

(The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.)


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