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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:58 PM
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Elections supervisors in key Florida counties refuse to implement new (voter suppression) law
Take THAT, radical Rick Scott and your Jim Crow Legislature.


Marc Caputo at the St. Petersburg Times reports:

May 27, 2011


TALLAHASSEE The elections supervisor in Rick Scott's home county refuses to recognize a new law the governor signed out of concerns that the U.S. Department of Justice hasn't decided whether it violates a law protecting minority voters.

In a letter to the state's elections division, Collier County Elections Supervisor Jennifer Edwards pointed out that her county is one of five in Florida that needs Justice Department pre-approval "or pre-clearance" under the 1965 Voting Rights Act before it makes any voting changes.

"Since assuming office in 2000, it has been my practice to meticulously comply with the requirements," she wrote last Friday. "The purpose of this letter is to inform you that due to our 'covered' status, I will not implement any changes resulting from the Governor's signing of CS/CS/HB 1355 until we receive notification that the bill has been precleared by the U.S. Department of Justice."

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The new law cracks down on third-party voter-registration groups activities, makes Election Day polling-precinct changes tougher for voters and reduces the number of days early voting is available.

Republicans say the law is designed to crack down on fraud and stop groups like the now-defunct ACORN from conducting massive controversial voter-registration drives.

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These ba$tard$ never quit.



Elections supervisors from four additional Florida counties Hillsborough, Monroe, Hendry and Hardee have joined Edwards in refusal to implement Rick Scott's new law.


This is the path the remaining 62 county elections supervisors must also take, to protect the public's voting rights, because Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Legislature are intent on stealing them away from us.





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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:05 PM
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1. K & R
for honest government officials!
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Ineeda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:19 PM
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2. Good for them!
Won't happen in my county though, with our notoriously partisan rethug supervisor of elections.
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mysuzuki2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:33 PM
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3. Maybe we can do that in Milwaukee Co too.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:47 PM
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4. Should happen EVERYWHERE, and if it doesn't I'm afraid we'll be 'rover'd again.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 08:23 AM
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5. Hopefully we'll consider this here in Wisconsin. In the meantime, become certified to register...
...new voters. Contact the municipal clerk in the area you want to register folks, and get to it!!!
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 09:48 AM
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7. Thank you for doing this, Scuba.
I'm still so embroiled in recount related activities it's all I can handle. Once this is done, and we find out what Joanne Kloppenburg is going to do, if there is nothing else related to the recount that I can help with, I look forward to moving on to the recall tasks!
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 09:40 AM
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6. The GOP agenda is to inflate the problem of voter fraud
while they perfect their election fraud techniques. 10,000 people would have to go to the polls and commit individual acts of voter fraud to equal one single thug who hacks a voting machine and steals 10,000 votes away from the opposing candidate.

I'm glad to see a "Dixiecrat" county standing up to this. I am pretty much certain the GOP has been inflating the "redness" of the panhandle since the 2000 election at least...
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