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Voting by mail in Florida ain’t broke, so why are politicians planning to break it? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
A poll worker verifies a Vote-by-Mail ballot as a voter uses the official ballot drop box setup at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center polling station on October 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
A poll worker verifies a Vote-by-Mail ballot as a voter uses the official ballot drop box setup at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center polling station on October 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida. [ JOE RAEDLE | Getty Images North America ]
Published Feb. 18

Florida Republicans push limits on vote by mail | Feb. 16

It ain’t broke, so let’s break it

After a string of successful presidential elections, Florida is no longer the laughingstock of America’s voting systems, a status earned in 2000. Republican legislators apparently want to fix that by making it more difficult to vote — namely, by forcing voters to re-apply every calendar year for mail-in ballots, assuring that fewer voters will vote and throwing yet another roadblock and cumbersome procedure in the way of elections supervisors’ work. All this is happening even though there is not a shred of evidence of voting fraud in the state. We need to let our Republican legislators know that, like it or not, our right to vote is more important than their quest for job security. Democracy requires that more people vote, not fewer.

Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg

Florida Republicans push limits on vote by mail | Feb. 16

Aha! So, there must have have been fraud, right?

I can only surmise there must have been extensive voter fraud in Florida’s 2020 presidential election results for the state Senate committee on elections to propose more restrictions on mail-in voting. If that is the case, can we negate the 2020 presidential electoral vote for Florida at this late date? If the Republican-majority Legislature now wants to require mail-in voters to re-register each year, showing photo IDs, only one ballot at drop-off locations per voter, etc., then the Legislature must have inside information on a stolen, rigged, corrupt Florida presidential vote. I can’t imagine the fraud that must have gone on in Florida! Perhaps the state needs to nullify its recent electoral vote based on its new “evidence” of fraud?

Brian Moore, Spring Hill

GOP’s future is still Trumpism | Column, Feb. 17

What Trumpism really is

Gary Abernathy’s column claiming Trumpism is the GOP’s future could easily be mistaken for satire. But what makes his analysis particularly frightening is the defense of Trumpism and his belief that it’s the current movement of today’s GOP. As he writes, a “movement still emerging.” Yikes! Abernathy’s belief that this is the future defies logic. By denying Trump’s cult-like following, he fails to see the movement for what it was. It was all about the leader. It is the cult of personality. To attempt to claim it will continue on, without Trump, is to completely misread his followers. Trumpism was always about “white grievance” and its embrace by Trump. It was always about one man, and that’s why it is so important he suffer criminal consequences.

William Falcone, Brandon

Deep thinking | Feb. 16

Put a price on carbon

Times reporter Zachary Sampson’s article is chilling, and not just for the ice and adventure. It is chilling because it concludes there is not enough political will in Congress to act on the science about the cause of climate change — excess carbon dioxide in the air from burning fossil fuels. Groups on the right, middle and left of the political spectrum support pricing carbon to stop global warming. The Yale Climate Opinion poll reports 68 percent of Floridians support pricing carbon. Congress needs to listen and act. We need policy like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. It prices carbon but protect people from rising prices by returning all the money collected to them.

Michael Caldwell, Palm Harbor

Case dropped after woman in racist run-in gets therapy | Feb. 17

All better now

So “counseling” cured this woman of racism. Don’t make me laugh.

Mortimer Brown, Lutz