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At some point, some sane person is going to have to step in and put a stop to all this craziness.  With all the dangerous criminals running around in the streets, THIS is what Florida law enforcement officials are spending their time doing?

From Think Progress:

All Sabu Williams wanted to do on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend was register voters.

One can imagine his surprise, then, when soon thereafter he received a letter from the state supervisor of elections threatening him with prosecution.

Apparently, people can shoot total strangers in the streets and never be arrested under the state's "Stand Your Ground" laws, but helping someone exercise his constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote gets one thrown in jail.
The letter claimed Williams, president of the Okaloosa County NAACP, had run afoul of Florida’s new voter suppression law, which was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last year. The law cut the state’s early voting period in half and enacted a host of new requirements on voter registration groups, including that they must turn in completed forms within 48 hours exactly or face a fine. (The 48-hour rule has since been blocked by a federal judge.)
It would appear that the NAACP is the only group in Okalooska County willing to defy the ludicrous new statute.

To add insult to injury, the organization was confronted with a bureaucratic roadblock:

However, when they registered voters over MLK weekend, they were charged with submitting the forms an hour late on Tuesday, despite the fact that they were unable to submit forms on Monday because it was a holiday.

“We’re here the very first day that you’re open at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and you’re saying that we’re an hour late?” Williams asked. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

The piece de resistance of the whole affair came next:
He soon received a letter from the state supervisor of elections. “We appreciate you going out and registering voters,” the letter read. “However, you were late for two of those and if you’re late anymore we’re going to turn this over to the Florida Department of Justice for prosecution.”
Is it any wonder people don't want to get involved in civic affairs these days?

Originally posted to Rolandz on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 02:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by Black Kos community, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Southern Action.

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