Mail-in voting question
No, it’s not only Democratic cities that take days to count votes | Nov. 2
It seems that Republican officials and candidates in at least three battleground states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — are pushing to disqualify thousands of mail ballots after urging their own supporters to vote on Election Day. Odd that they’re not suing about mail-in ballots in Florida, which has had mail-in voting for decades and is skewing Republican. There’s something strange about why they are contesting mail-in ballots in close elections in blue areas, but not bothering about contesting them in red ones. It’s odd, very odd, but I just can’t put my finger on the reason for it.
Charlotte Schiaffo, Tampa
Pants on fire
Democratic ad exaggerates scope of Rick Scott’s proposal on Social Security, Medicare | April 7
If I hear one more Democrat say that the Republicans are going to end Social Security and Medicare, I’m going to scream. I’m so sick of the liars! If the only way you can win an election is to lie, then maybe you shouldn’t run for office. Try winning on what you can do to help the country, not spread fear to so many people. Scare tactics aimed at American seniors is a disgrace.
Bonny Salmeri, St. Petersburg
Fix Florida’s constitution
Florida’s felon voting rights trap | Editorial, Nov. 6
The Times’ editorial on Sunday encouraging the state of Florida to create a central database so both election officials and felons can check the status of a person’s voting eligibility was rather humorous. After years of general incompetence at the state level under Republican control, asking these same ne’er-do-wells to organize an effective solution does incite a good laugh. I believe the main reason Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration did not even bother to apply for large amounts of federal COVID-19 money was they knew they were incapable of following the federal guidelines for disbursing that money. Did we all forget what a joke the Department of Economic Opportunity is?
If Florida is too poorly managed to give away federal money, what leads the Times’ Editorial Board to believe those same incompetents could possibly put together a functioning program to aid potential voters?
Brian Valsavage, St. Petersburg