Ex-GOP: Florida Voting Law Was Designed to Hurt Dems
Charlie Crist, Jim Greer accuse GOP of electoral sabotage
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2012 5:28 PM CST
Diana Camacho, left, chants “we want to vote,” after Miami-Dade County closed its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – Florida Republicans intentionally crafted a new early voting law to keep Democratic voters from getting to the polls, according to GOP advisers and former GOP officials. Republican leaders said they designed the law—which added to chaos at the polls—to fight voter fraud and save money, but former GOP state chairman Jim Greer disagrees: Republicans "firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates," he tells the Palm Beach Post. "It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us.'"

Former Gov. Charlie Crist says GOP leaders urged him to change early voting laws during his 2007-2011 term to keep Democrats from voting, but he declined. Gov. Rick Scott then passed the law four months after taking office in January 2011. "I assume they decided, 'It’s 2011, Crist is gone, let’s give it a shot,'" says Crist. But a Florida GOP spokesman denies the accusations and accuses Crist of "speak[ing] out of both sides of his mouth." The law curbed early voting and voter registration in various ways that appeared to disenfranchise minority voters. Democratic officials and voting groups are calling for investigations into the law.

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reallybig
Nov 27, 2012 11:43 PM CST
The law works the same for Democrats or Republicans. --- You can train a monkey to put an [X] in the box on the ballot, but you can't train a Democrat to put their [X] in the box. --- A monkey seems to be more intelligent than most of the morons, idiots, and imbeciles, who vote for Democrats. --- A monkey? --- Maybe the monkeys should vote for the Democrats in Florida, since they seem not to know how to do it? -------- REALLY
Tology
Nov 27, 2012 11:24 AM CST
We knew this for months, they are just figuring it out.
piankeshaw
Nov 27, 2012 10:16 AM CST
Duh! Of course, they were. Conservatives hate the idea of One Person/One Vote upon which our democracy is based. That's why the Conservative Supreme Court justices wrote the Citizens' United decision. Conservatives have an ever-dwindling pool of voters.