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Sen. Rick Scott proposes bill requiring states to count all ballots within 24 hours after polls close

TAMPA, Fla. – Senator Rick Scott introduced a bill that would require states to count and report all ballots within 24 hours after polls close on Election Day.

On Thursday, Sen. Scott unveiled the Verifiable, Orderly, & Timely Election Results (VOTER) Act in hopes of putting together uniform standards for vote-by-mail systems across the country and “ensure the timely and efficient counting of ballots, with important safeguards to prevent fraud.”

While Florida has absentee voting, Sen. Scott argued that standards for mail-in voting vary across the country and can cause confusion for some of the voters.

“We need standards nationwide to ensure voters decide the outcomes of elections – not the courts,” Sen. Scott said in a press release.

According to a press release from Sen. Scott’s office, VOTER Act will implement the following rules and guidelines:

  • Establishes uniform standards for mail-in voting in federal elections
  • Promotes the timely reporting of election results
    • Requires voting precincts to report the total number of in-person and mail-in ballots received one hour after polls close to identify the total universe of votes to be counted in the election
    • Requires all eligible ballots to be counted and reported within 24 hours after polls close on Election Day to promote certainty in the outcome of a federal election

Below is a copy of the bill proposed by Sen. Scott:

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