The Florida Legislature made it harder to vote-by-mail in 2020. To ensure voters have the opportunity to engage in our democracy, local governments should make voting more accessible by adding more early voting sites. St. Petersburg City Council currently has the opportunity to implement such a change.
Council members should vote to offer eligible voters all potential options available for them to participate in the elections - starting with early voting, a critical access point for Florida’s voters. Early voting encourages voter turnout and helps prevent voters from missing work time in order to cast their ballots. Spreading in-person voting out over additional days could also protect voters and elections staff from potential COVID-19 outbreaks.