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Nelson says he'll seek fed investigation if Gov. Scott signs election bill

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he has asked the US Justice Department to investigate if Republican Gov. Rick Scott signs a controversial elections bill into law.

In a letter to Scott, he writes:

Please veto the elections legislation the Florida Legislature just passed. No doubt you’ve seen the many criticisms, especially that it would significantly reduce the number of early-voting days. Because Florida has five counties needing federal approval in the event of major changes in election procedures, I have asked the U.S. Department of Justice for an investigation if this bill becomes law. 

There are just too many questions about whether this measure would disenfranchise an untold number of Floridians. I remain convinced it is bad for our democratic process. Thank you for considering these concerns.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:13pm]


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