Like many of the anti-voting laws, a federal judge struck down the law. The voter purges were hindered by several lawsuits until officials gave up that effort.
But the restrictions on early voting stood and Scott maintained an unwillingness to extend the hours, though voters were clearly spending hours and hours waiting to vote during the weekends before the election.
“I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves,” an anonymous GOP consultant told the Palm Beach Post.
How does Rick Scott answer charges that he intentionally made it more difficult to vote by forcing voters to spend three to four times longer at polling places than voters in other states?
“Well, I’m very comfortable that the right thing happened,” Scott told WKMG Orlando. “We had 4.4 million people vote.”
The turnout was impressive — but this was a tribute to the voters, not the state government.
According to CBS, more African-Americans voted in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida than in 2008. This is a sign that the GOP’s voter suppression efforts backfired.
Yet Governor Scott still has a large role in how the 2014 election will take place, though his name will be on the ballot, seeking re-election. If voters feel he’s taxing their right to vote, they have to show up in 2014 to vote him out — if they have the time.
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