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Sue Carlton column: Can you blame Gov. Rick Scott for wanting his name off elections law suit?



Times columnist Sue Carlton on the hullabaloo over Florida's new elections law:

So the governor wants his name off a lawsuit filed over Florida's cynical new elections law.

Can you blame him?

Gov. Rick Scott — already sued more times than your average crooked contractor — is named in a suit contesting a new law that brings controversial changes in how we vote.

How controversial? His office got thousands of e-mails while the bill awaited his signature, most urging him to reject something so fundamentally wrong.

The bill's supporters kept saying, honest, it's all about stopping our terrible problem of voter fraud. Except we don't have a terrible problem of voter fraud. And their specifics were beyond scarce.

What the new law will do is make it harder for some citizens — minorities in particular — to vote. How many years would that set Florida back?

Column here.

[Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 6:55pm]


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