Florida Election Travesty 3.0

by digby

Because there are so few older voters in Florida,and its population is so stable and immobile, I suppose this doesn't matter too much:

Republican legislative leaders have lost all sense of shame with their 11th-hour bill to roll back voting rights in Florida. The legislation is so disgraceful it is no wonder a Republican-led House committee debated the bill for all of 6 minutes Friday before silencing public comment and approving the bill along party lines. This fast-moving train needs to be stopped cold.

The legislation moving through the Senate and House is breathtaking for its naked grab for power. The Senate bill, SB 956, and its companion legislation moving through the House would make it harder for voters to have their voices heard and easier for the major political parties to manipulate the outcome of the electoral process. It would ban retirement center and neighborhood association cards from the forms of identification now acceptable to vote. So much for seniors who do not drive and whose military days are far behind them. Voters who moved 29 days before an election would be forced to cast a provisional ballot rather than a regular one. Third-party groups that register voters would have to submit new voter registration applications as soon as 48 hours after the form was completed.

There's more. Lots more.

They may very well come to regret the provisions pertaining to the elderly since before too long the average age of their base is going to be 97. But I'm sure they'll decry the regulations at that point and blame the Democrats.

This is the sort of thing that's going on under the radar in states all over the country where the GOP still has some clout. As they are showing once again in Minnesota and New York as we speak, they have divorced themselves from any common understanding of what constitutes a fair election. It's just trench warfare now.

If you haven't already pledged a "Dollar A Day To Make Norm Go Away" now's the time.(The NY Times wrote about it today.) We simply have to elect people to office who don't see democracy as an obstacle.