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Congressional Democrats turn up heat on Florida election bill

Florida Democrats in the U.S. House today sent a letter to the Justice Department over a controversial elections bill before Gov. Rick Scott.

"The role of government should never be to curtail the registration of newly eligible voters or hinder Americans from exercising the most fundamental democratic right afforded by our Constitution," the delegation wrote in a letter (read it here). "We are confident that any honest examination of this legislation will determine that it is in clear violation of the Voting Rights Act."

The letter mirrors one sent earlier by Sen. Bill Nelson. Yesterday, Nelson got a response from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich who wrote the Justice Department will "carefully consider" the complaint. Nelson also signed the new letter.

Posted by Alex Leary at 6:08:37 pm on May 17, 2011