A new Florida Department of State report stops short of calling on state lawmakers to require the placement of personal identifying information, such as driver’s license numbers, on return envelopes of vote-by-mail ballots to enhance voting integrity.

The Feb. 1 report to the Florida Legislature, which was mandated by a new state law, includes an analysis by a workgroup of the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) cautioning that new vote-by-mail rules such as envelope identifiers could cause significant logistical and security problems for county elections officials. At a minimum, the FSE analysis says, the Legislature should not adopt such policies until after the 2024 election cycle.

The Department of State’s report acknowledges the supervisors’ concerns about labor costs and other issues associated with the envelope identifiers, and it did not include such a requirement in its recommendations.

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