Crist testifies in Senate that there was voter suppression in... | www.palmbeachpost.com
If I had my way, the legislatures and other government officials who did this would be in jail for a long time. I hate how petty our party politics has become.WASHINGTON —
In a nation with a growing number of laws restricting voting practices, Florida stood as exhibit A in a hearing Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Bill Nelson described a voting obstacle course: seven-hour lines at the polls, being turned away for showing up at the wrong precinct and a new law that made it harder to register someone to vote.
The changes, Crist said, created “confusion and suppression on Election Day.”
In a surprise visit to the hearing, Nelson offered what he said was proof that changes in Florida law were designed to affect the outcome of the election.
Nelson introduced into evidence a deposition unearthed by The Palm Beach Post. It showed that the Republican attorney who engineered the 2000 Florida felons list, which African American leaders said purged thousands of eligible blacks from voter rolls, drafted Florida’s controversial law that restricted early voting and voter registration campaigns in 2012. Nelson also included into the Congressional record a story by The Palm Beach Post on so-called voter suppression efforts.