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Bill Nelson slams Florida voting law during Senate hearing



nelsontestify.jpgTestifying in a congressional hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson sharply condemned Florida's new election law as a ploy to suppress participation of Democratic voters.

Invoking the 2000 presidential election debacle, the Democrat said: "It was a painful experience and because of that, the state Legislature set about on a series of reforms. They made it easier to vote, they made it easier to register to vote. And they made it easier that someone would have the confidence that their vote was going to be counted as they intended. That has suddenly been reversed in the state of Florida."

The new law, pushed by the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature and signed in May by Gov. Rick Scott, reduces reducing early voting from 14 days to eight; eliminates early voting on the Sunday before the election; and imposes new registration requirements and shorter filing deadlines on third-party groups that register voters.

It also requires voters who move from one county to another to file a provisional ballot if they wait to update their voting address until Election Day. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 7:38pm]


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