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(The Daily Dolt)   "But how will we ever fool the electorate into this?" "We'll say we're doing it to save money and fight voter fraud." "Will people really buy that?" "Dude, it's Florida"   (thedailydolt.com) divider line 4
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2012-11-27 12:57:51 PM
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I was personally at a neighborhood RPoF (Republican Party of Florida) meeting with 20 other nerds in attendance and a talk given by a local prosecutor. The other speaker was the VP of this particular chapter of the party. He had prepared a speech titled, roughly, "What to tell your neighbors when they complain about the new voting law." This was back in February 2012. Everyone in that room was a true believer that they were preventing voter fraud. They were arguing back and forth about "Well why can't these people get ID's?" and whether that was fair, or if anyone should care if one race was more impacted than another. I simply raised my hand, and when called on, said, "This isn't about what is right or what is fair. We are in a covered county under the Voting Rights Act. If any voting change reduces minority turnout, whether intended or not, the Federal Government will intervene. It's been that way since the 60s." That at least shut people up but got me a LOT of dirty looks.
2012-11-27 12:20:46 PM
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Devo: A) it was supression efforts
B) The GOP sources they sighted were in jail (Jim Greer) or left the party (Charlie Crist).


But Greer's statements about the motivations for the party's legislative efforts, implemented by a GOP-majority House and Senate in Tallahassee in 2011, are backed by Crist - also now on the outs with the party - and two veteran GOP campaign consultants.

Wayne Bertsch, who handles local and legislative races for Republicans, said he knew targeting Democrats was the goal.

"In the races I was involved in in 2008, when we started seeing the increase of turnout and the turnout operations that the Democrats were doing in early voting, it certainly sent a chill down our spines. And in 2008, it didn't have the impact that we were afraid of. It got close, but it wasn't the impact that they had this election cycle," Bertsch said, referring to the fact that Democrats picked up seven legislative seats in Florida in 2012 despite the early voting limitations.

Another GOP consultant, who did not want to be named, also confirmed that influential consultants to the Republican Party of Florida were intent on beating back Democratic turnout in early voting after 2008.

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2012-11-27 11:28:42 AM
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randomjsa: Now we just have to get Democrats to admit that supporting voter fraud was the reason they were against the new law and everyone can be all happy because they were honest.


I will grant you that there was one confirmed case of voter fraud this election cycle. There were also cases of election workers illegally altering ballots, registration drives illegally throwing out registration cards, and state officially illegally modifying voting machine software, in addition to other improprieties.

As far as I can ascertain, however, every single one of these illegal and/or improper activities was perpetrated by Republicans. None of them, however, would have been stopped by a voter ID law.
2012-11-27 11:22:32 AM
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randomjsa: Now we just have to get Democrats to admit that supporting voter fraud was the reason they were against the new law and everyone can be all happy because they were honest.


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