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John Romano column: Here's who to thank for making it harder for Floridians to vote

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October

And now, a word of thanks.

Thanks for the lawsuits. And the faux hysteria.

Thanks for all the voter-registration drives that had to be canceled and for the expected increase in provisional ballots that may never be counted.

In a nutshell, thanks for making it harder for Floridians to vote.

And, yes, I know, this debt of gratitude would seem to be long overdue. But, honestly, the fault is not all ours.

When sweeping legislation was passed last year that severely cut early voting days, among other suppressive ideas, we were led to believe this was the brainchild of Very Serious Lawmakers who had Very Grave Concerns about voter fraud.

Turns out, the inspiration came from elsewhere.

While digging through depositions from a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters to overturn this legislation, the Palm Beach Post discovered the first draft of House Bill 1355 was written by the Florida Republican Party's general counsel.

And Emmett "Bucky'' Mitchell IV just happened to be the same person behind the attempted purge of felons from Florida's voter rolls in 2000, an ill-conceived plot that prevented thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots in the presidential election.

Column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:28am]

    

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