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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:30 PM

Florida Lawmakers:GOP Packed Ballot With Unnecessary Initiatives to Lengthen Lines & Suppress Votes

After Florida voters had to spend up to seven hours waiting to vote last Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott (R) and the Republican-legislature have come under heavy criticism for their efforts to suppress the vote. But while much of the focus has been on their unconstitutional restrictions on voter registration and their reductions in early voting, Florida officials note another major factor behind the long lines: 11 lengthy state Constitutional amendments.
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told ThinkProgress that the length of the ballot played a huge role in the slow-moving lines on election day and during early voting. The six-page ballot, she noted, took voters “30 to 45 minutes” for voters to read and comprehend. “There were 11 amendments and no one knew what they were,” she observed, noting that one voter took two hours in a poll booth. With such a long ballot, the lines moved slowly. “Our last voter, the Saturday early voting ended, was at 2:30 in the morning,” Bucher said, adding, “It’s atrocious someone had to wait 7 hours.”
The amendments — mostly defeated by the voters — dealt with implementation of Obamacare, restrictions on abortion rights, and allowing public funding for religious institutions. All were placed there by the Republican-controlled Florida legislature and many could have been accomplished by legislative action.
Two Florida state representatives told ThinkProgress they believe the larger than usual number of ballot initiatives were part of an intentional strategy aimed precisely at creating long lines and discouraging citizens from voting.


http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/13/1184871/florida-lawmakers-gop-packed-ballot-with-unnecessary-initiatives-to-lengthen-lines-and-suppress-votes/

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Reply Florida Lawmakers:GOP Packed Ballot With Unnecessary Initiatives to Lengthen Lines & Suppress Votes (Original post)
octoberlib Nov 2012 OP
LisaL Nov 2012 #1
brooklynite Nov 2012 #2
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #3
titaniumsalute Nov 2012 #4
fugop Nov 2012 #7
Lochloosa Nov 2012 #8
Coyotl Nov 2012 #5
Kingofalldems Nov 2012 #6
CADEMOCRAT7 Nov 2012 #9
raebrek Nov 2012 #10
vinny9698 Nov 2012 #11

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:31 PM

1. Dah!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:53 PM

2. Why did they bother when they could just flip the voting machines?

or is the simplest answer -- that they try to steal elections the old fashioned way BECAUSE THEY CAN -- perhaps more accurate?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:15 AM

3. It backfired on them I think because most of the social conservative proposals went down.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:25 AM

4. Utter bullshit

I live in FL and the lines were awful. If you didn't do your homework (between DU, Randi Rhodes, and my wife's school union I would not have known about the long amendments) you would have been in the booth reading for 45 minutes.

In addition, the language they use for these bullshit amendments is basically legal speak. You can't just read it and say "oh, here's how I need to vote." I had to read my sample ballot at home three or four times to understand the amendments.

The righties in Florida are awful humans. Rick Scott must go in 2014.

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Response to titaniumsalute (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:29 AM

7. Did anything bad get through?

Just curious how these things went. I'm hoping anything the GOP wanted went down in flames, but did anything bad go through?

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Response to fugop (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:58 AM

8. Not really. Three made it. These were tax breaks to survivors of military and first responders etc

The others were just utter garbage.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:47 AM

5. One word: Treasonous

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:51 AM

6. That's a crime and the republicans responsible

should be arrested.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:38 AM

9. Still, with all their tactics, they did not stop President Obama from winning FL !!!! n/t

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:58 AM

10. Don't think so.

I didn't know that the ballot would be two pages front and back until I was holding it in my hand. That is possible the case for most here in Florida.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:27 AM

11. Backfired big time

Not only did their tactics motivate minority voters it also suppressed senior citizens who were going to vote for Mitt. How many senior citizens can stand in line for more than a couple of hours. Their health and stamina are limited.

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