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  •  I'm Done Feeling Sorry For Florida Voters.. (1+ / 0-)
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    cville townie

    My sympathy for them ran out in 2000. It really is not that difficult to vote. No you don't get special rights privileges or Mulligans.  Forty-eight States followed the very simple rules. I care more about their votes. I care more about them being disenfranchised. Florida knew in advance what the penalty for violating the rules was. If they were hurt by the decision then they need to toss out every Florida politician who betrayed them in November. It's not my problem..

    •  Do you know about the 80,000 AAS who were (3+ / 0-)

      disinfranchised through no fault whatsoever of their own, but by scheming by Jeb Bush? Do you know about the pusillanimity of the Senators who had not one among them who would support those disenfranchised voters?

      I am not ready to write off a state.

    •  "It's not my problem" (2+ / 0-)

      Paraphrasing, "But it will be. It will be". - Yoda

      Yes, yes, yes, Florida sucks and all that. And, which state should we discount next rather than work on fixing it so that these problems don't occur in the future?

      Easy to say, 'screw Florida' but I'm not sure that everyone would agree if their state was in the crosshairs...

      •  The Punishment IS The Preventative.. (0+ / 0-)

        That was sort of the point of the punishment. Not having a consequence or backing down is the surest way to see that it happens again in every election.

        •  I wasn't (1+ / 0-)
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          suggesting that we didn't get what we - we being the DNC, the state legislature, and even those who voted for the (mostly GOP) legislature because we know that every voter is responsible for every action that a representative of their's makes - deserved.

          Still, I tend to give the actual voters some slack. I can imagine there are a lot of laws and issues and politicians that happened or are where they are today without 100% approval of a state's voters.

          I have no problem with the qualifier of the Democratic Party leaders in Florida. It was the broad brush of "I'm Done Feeling Sorry For Florida Voters" that I disagreed with.

          If I could, I would've changed their minds. Oddly, I don't have that much power. :)

    •  Actually (2+ / 0-)
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      blueintheface, wayoutinthestix

      rules for everything from voter registration to ballot design varies from state to state and even county to county. So the rules actually aren't that simple and they certainly aren't uniform across the 50 states.

      This isn't about the placement of the Florida primary, its about the various rules, regulations, and laws FL politicians are using to keep eligible Floridians from participating in the most important election in a generation.

      That's the one in November.

      I don't think Project Vote as a non-partisan organization can get into the whole can of worms surrounding how and when partisan primaries are scheduled...

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