Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida cracks down on democracy

At first I thought this crackdown on democracy in Florida, signed Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott, was mostly about Republicans sticking it to Democrats.

But after being flooded with some of the angriest e-mail ever, I see it's about more than that.

It's also about the certainty that Bad People (drug addicts, drunks, terrorists, welfare queens, illegal immigrants and, of course, liberals) have hijacked our democracy and they Must Be Stopped.

These Bad People are stuffing the ballot box willy-nilly. They pick up bums and illegals on the street, load them onto buses and take them to the polls, where corrupt and/or incompetent election workers let them vote on the spot.

This is the only way that Barack Hussein Obama could have been elected in 2008.

As one of my new e-mail friends explained to me, word for word:

When an organizer can pick up individuals, buy them whatever, take them to the polls and they are allowed to vote. Throw in motor voter and club wielding gaurds that are ignored by authorities. What we have is a cabal of thugs running the country with doctorates from the University of Chicago in thuggery and voter fraud.

It might occur to you that Republicans actually won the last election for governor in Florida.

In fact, Republicans won every statewide race in 2010, and won a two-thirds majority in the Legislature.

No matter. The state is rife with liberal voter fraud.

Something Must Be Done.

That's why the 2011 Legislature passed House Bill 1355, which the governor signed last week because he, too, is concerned about "fraud."

First, our new law cracks down on voting by Floridians who move from one county to another. (Critics say the idea is that the more mobile the population, the more likely it is to be Democratic — renters, the poor, college students and so forth.)

These suspicious types cannot cast a regular ballot on Election Day unless they have notified the elections office in advance of their change of address. Otherwise they must vote a "provisional" ballot — one that requires extra steps to cast, and extra steps to be counted.

I was amazed at the venom of my mail on this point. The self-righteousness, the rage — directed against what? Against people who move?

Liberals and democrats rant and rave when anyone wants to equalize the voters rights. For over forty years moving or changing a name, meant simply to updated your information on Election Day. Of course it meant no one could challage your vote, so you could hop around to any polling place, all without the dreaded act of respondability, the Word that liberals and Democrats fear the most, it means they have to do something, and its not free, or at someone elses expense. Yet today we want people to take the step towards respondable personal acts, as american have been freeloading for too long. So to you Mr. Troxler, I want the Governor to ink this Bill and let get back to one vote per citizen. Just like are fore fathers wrote it.

Next, the law cracks down on groups that try to … to … get people to register to vote.

Did you ever see Annie Hall? The scene where Woody Allen is eating dinner with Diane Keaton's family, and they are picturing him dressed in full, orthodox Jewish attire?

Same principle here. I see the League of Women Voters signing up American citizens to vote at the public library. But the Legislature sees ACORN workers dressed in pimp suits, handing out cocaine and bribes.

Third, our new law cuts back on the number of days early voting is allowed. (It permits the same total number of hours of early voting, over one week instead of two.)

Last, this law makes it much harder for citizens to use the right of petition to amend the Constitution.

From now on, if a Floridian signs a petition, his or her signature expires in two years. Any group trying to get on the ballot will have a single election cycle to do it — if not impossible, then difficult.

So, in sum:

Throw up roadblocks at the polls.

Discourage voter registration.

Cut back early voting.

Shut down citizen petitions.

That'll show them.

Whoever "them" is, exactly.

Florida cracks down on democracy 05/21/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 7:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Warehouse burns on Tampa's east side


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County emergency crews are at the scene of a two-alarm fire at a warehouse near 56th Street and East Hillsborough Avenue.

    Hillsborough County firefighters battle a blaze Thursday night at a warehouse on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  2. 'Dream big' drives Lightning's Conacher brothers

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Two words: Dream big.

    Cory Conacher includes them every time he signs an autograph for a young hockey fan.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher (89) on the ice during Lightning training camp in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17).
  3. Irma roughs up endangered snail kites, birds that help us gauge the Everglades' health


    Hurricane Irma was as rough on some wildlife as it was on the humans. Audubon of Florida reported Thursday that the storm destroyed all 44 nests around Lake Okeechobee built by the endangered Everglades snail kite, a bird considered crucial to the River of Grass ecosystem.

    Hurricane Irma destroyed 44 snail kite nests, capping off a poor mating season for the endangered species, which is seen as an important barometer of the health of the Florida Everglades. Their off-center beaks allow them to probe inside the spiral shells of the native apple snails. But the snails' population has dropped as the Everglades has changed. [MAC STONE | Audubon of Florida]
  4. New center opens in Tampa to help those with missing, damaged limbs


    TAMPA — Justin Lansford, his service dog Gabe by his side, smiled broadly Thursday as he imagined the future of a sprawling, resource center for people who need artificial limbs and those interested in helping them.

    Justin Lansford, 27, lost his left leg above the knee in Afghanistan. He was one of dozens of people attending the opening of the Veterans International Institute of Orthotics & Prosthetics in Tampa on Thursday. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Staff]
  5. Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort


    TAMPA — Brenda Irizarry is worried.

    Brenda Irizarry of Tampa, while agonizing over the status of family in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, is helping lead an effort to collect and send supplies to the island. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times