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On a party-line vote, a Florida county’s Republican majority Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to eliminate almost one-third of Manatee County’s voting sites.

This was a proposal from right-wing elections supervisor Mike Bennett, who dismissed the unanimous opposition in the public meeting to eliminate dozens of polling sites in minority areas.  Keep in mind that this is the guy who supported the Voter Suppression Act of 2011 by admitting he wanted to make it harder for people to vote:

I wouldn’t have any problem making it harder. I would want them to vote as badly as I want to vote. I want the people of the state of Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who’s willing to walk 200 miles…This should not be easy.

Originally posted to Ismay on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 04:55 PM PST.

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  •  What a disgusting move. (12+ / 0-)

    Absolutely reprehensible. These guys would make P. W. Botha blush.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:16:38 PM PST

    •  And they're doing it all over the "Sunshine State" (2+ / 0-)
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      cipher14, reasonshouldrule

      They aren't going to allow voting at the University of Florida student union building this year, either.  Another move to make it more difficult for liberal-leaning voters to vote.  Thank Rick Scott for that one!

    •  US Sppreme Court (0+ / 0-)

      The U.S. Supreme Court Justices that voted for Citizens United knew exactly what they were doing. This was their intentions. Call voting an entitlement and not a Constitutional Right is unlawful but this US Supreme Court doesn't care about the laws they only want the Republicans to win and anything they can do to increase the opportunity for the Republicans to win they will do it. The 5 conservative Justices are destroying the Constitution of the United States as well as destroying the United States.

    •  We need Federal election law, so as to have (1+ / 0-)
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      idiot hater

      uniform standards across the country, like having the number of polling places based on population, with ZERO partisanship involved.

      If corporations are people now, how many votes do they get?

      •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

        Polling availability plus accessibility (early, absentee, etc.) must be addressed as well. There is no good reason why any American should not have the same reasonable access to voting, no matter what election, big or small.

  •  Paging Mr Holder (18+ / 0-)

    Time for the DOJ to step in.

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:17:46 PM PST

  •  Well if they do want to vote that badly, I hope (10+ / 0-)

    try to show up at polling places frequented by republican board members.  Early.  In droves.  Preventing the board member's neighbors from quickly moving through the lines!  With the added scourge of asking for affidavit ballots because they couldn't find their former polling place.  They will then have to go to their real polling place, so save the afternoon for that.

    NYS rules say that if you are in line when the polls close, you get to vote.  The results will be later than usual this year!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:29:10 PM PST

    •  I just had a similar idea (14+ / 0-)

      Everyone must still have a scheduled voting location.  As a result of this, there will certainly be some - previously mostly white - voting locations that are going to get a whole bunch of new voters.

      So, here's the plan: Organize.  Let's get busses to transport the people, let's set up daycare for the kids, let's have chairs for the elderly to sit on, let's have drinks to hand out and let's make sure that the line is long all-day-long with out voters.  This will have the effect of suppressing the vote of the other side.

      If the line isn't long enough, get people who have already voted to get in line so that it appears that the wait will be long.  The white folk will only tolerate so much waiting in line too.  With organization, we can outdo them.

      Oh, no chairs, drinks or day care for Republicans.

      Ted Cruz: The second coming of Christ, but not Reagan (yet).

      by nuketeacher on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:38:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I like your idea! (1+ / 0-)
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        weck

        I wonder if something less obvious like get a lot of volunteers and take some donations for some bus tickets, if there is public trans

        Get all the minivans and vehicles to pick up and drop off people to vote. Just keep slow and steady doing that.

        In short order these elite polling places will be bogged down and all the elites will begin to wonder where did these people come from, how did they just show up, I didn't even notice it..

        Then they will talk and talk about this weirdness (in their minds) and it should be on the news, then citizens can write in or call and say, it was people helping people overcome the game of politics effort to make it as hard to vote as possible.

        That should make it stick while they are leaving offices, after being voted out!

        I hoe that makes sense, just being real sutble. I could be having a session of MindSkip but maybe get the jest.

        I have committed to helping as many get registered to vote and to even deliver them to vote and take them home. but I am not in Florida

    •  Good idea... (2+ / 0-)

      but don't make it too public or those devious legislatures will ban chairs, water, and childcare.  
      In a way, I hope they keep pushing this BS.  The more outrageous these nuts get, the more likely the DOJ will finally get off their duff and DO SOMETHING!  
      Another ploy these bigots have come up with is passing these racist laws too close to an election to get a lawsuit through the courts, or even get an injunction.  If they have to have a few entirely new elections at great cost to the tax payers, maybe the actual voters will get a clue that these bigots not only limit progressive and/or minority voters, but make it harder for them as well.  
      The long lines might help drive that point home.
      If we can get a Democratically-led Congress, maybe they can put some teeth back into the Voters Rights Act.

  •  They did the same thing in Hernando County. (12+ / 0-)

    The new Republican Supervisor of Elections presented a consolidation plan to the County Commission, which passed it. The consolidation plan consolidated the predominantly black voting precincts out of existence.
       African Americans who wish to vote will have to drive several miles. Of course, they will also have to determine where they're supposed to vote.
       

    •  This is news to me (0+ / 0-)

      I haven't heard anything about this and have searched the web to read something about it... Don't find anything.  If you can offer up links to news about this, please attach.  I'm in Manatee County which relies heavily on tourism, and would suggest Democrats give the county a pass when coming to Florida to make a statement against Mike Bennett.  Although I love Manatee County, the Republican games need to stop.

  •  I'm against the death penalty...however... (1+ / 0-)
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    weck

    I could make an exception if someone like elections supervisor Mike Bennett, who is actively attempting to suppress democracy, were to be publicly shot by a military firing squad.
    Seems like an appropriate response to such a hostile attack on US citizens. The country should be able to defend itself against aggressive enemies.

    -4.38, -7.64 Voyager 1: proof that what goes up never comes down.

    by pat bunny on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:02:37 PM PST

  •  SCOTUS Was Right (3+ / 0-)
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    Forward is D not R, Nance, weck

    See, the Voting Rights Act has outlived its usefulness.

  •  How Many Voting Booths Per Voting Site? (3+ / 0-)
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    Forward is D not R, Skyye, weck

    Has anyone checked to see if voting booths have also been eliminated in the voting sites that are left?

    This kind of thing makes me so outraged I can't see or think straight. Blood pressure hits the red line.

    It does, though, focus a huge searchlight on the gross racism, hate and anger that motivates and drives the people who do this kind of thing. And the voters who support them.

    It starts with a very sick majority of the United States Supreme Court that leads the racists of America - with pride.

    All I can hope for is that this produces a massive outrage by decent people who do everything they can to destroy the racists.

    This is not politics or law. It is Treason.

  •  Craven nasty bits of work (2+ / 0-)
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    Nance, weck

    I see the GOP's "Minority Outreach" plan continues as always.

    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” — Auric Goldfinger

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:24:22 AM PST

  •  I was expecting something like this out of Bennet (3+ / 0-)
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    Forward is D not R, CenFlaDem, weck

    We have had it good in this county for the last 2 decades.  The last supervisor was a saint.  I live in Oneco so I expect to have to line up in the parking lot at the Elections Supervisor Office to get to vote.  I am only a couple miles from there.  

    The Republicans aren't going to hang on to state offices this time around.  Demographics are against that with half of the state trending Democrat.  This has to do with local politics.  This area is also more blue then it was 5 years ago.  St. Pete flipped to a Democrat mayor for the first time since 1970's and there is a battle going on for FL-13 and Alex Sink is the favorite to win.

    This isn't going to do much good because medical marijuana is on the ballot in the fall.  I have grand kids here in SCF and there is a lot of discussion going on about voting.  My kids are registered and have already voted in elections.  Young adults are going to be motivated because they know this is the first step in stopping the miss guided war on drugs.

    Maybe this will be taken to court.  I am waiting for the purge to come next.  

  •  Crist is leading a protest in Gainesville today (0+ / 0-)

    regarding a move by Scott and minions to disenfranchise students at the University of Florida....

    Blasting the state's decision to block the University of Florida's student union as an early voting site, Charlie Crist posted a Facebook notice Friday stating he'll meet with students and voters at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Turlington Plaza to discuss the issue.

    The posting follows a tweet from the Democratic candidate at 6:15 p.m. Thursday: "This is an outrage," Crist tweeted. "Stay tuned on how we can protest Rick Scott's awful insult to every student & voter in the state."

    To address complaints of long waits at polling sites in 2012 that attracted national attention, legislators last year expanded the list of early voting sites to include fairgrounds, civic centers, courthouses, county commission buildings, stadiums, convention centers and government-owned community centers.

    From the Tampa Bay Times

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 08:00:08 AM PST

    •  i didn't know about this! (1+ / 0-)
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      Ljanney

      Gainesville is in my voting district, Ted Yoho's.  It is blue in Gainesville, red everywhere else in the surrounding area.  Mostly agricultural area.  I hope they don't succeed in shutting down the student union site.  Good on Crist for helping them.

  •  COULD SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION FOR ME? (2+ / 0-)
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    chrisculpepper, CaffeineInduced

    Shouldn't an elections supervisor be unbiased and apolitical, instead of allowing a blatantly right-wing nut job to run the show? It seems to me that appointing an uber-conservative county elections supervisor would constitute a serious conflict of interest between local government and the voters.

    Let's face it, folks. The Republicans are bound and determined to win elections, and they've shown that they're willing to do it by hook or by crook if need be. With 2014 being a major election year, I'm sure we'll be hearing about a plethora of such moves within Republican-led state legislatures and local government to disenfranchise certain sectors of the electorate, such as minority, women and historically Democratic voters. Let's just hope that state appeals courts, the Supreme Court and/or the Justice Department can overturn such biased decisions.

    I thought the biggest, most cherished privilege granted to people under a democracy was the right to vote. Following this philosophy, then local, state and federal government should be ENCOURAGING the American people to exercise their voting rights, not SUPPRESSING them. Thanks to policies being enacted to restrict voting among the disenfranchised, along with the Supreme Court's terrible decision to gut much of the Voting Rights Act, the Republican-led state governments' gerrymandering of voting districts and Citizens United, it doesn't bode well for Democrats in the upcoming elections.

    The American ideal of ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE is systematically being bastardized by the conservatives in public office. This sucks.

  •  What goes around... (2+ / 0-)

    What these bigots may not realize is that their control on who gets to vote is as much a sure thing in retaining and adding GOP at local, state, and federal levels is not as secure as they have convinced themselves that it is.  

    Just maybe they will lose their majorities and are forced to stand back and watch THEIR right to vote being attacked by the ruling party.  

    I don't believe two wrongs make a right, so I would not support it myself, no matter how tempting.  There is also the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do onto you.  In today's world, it looks like the party in power has so much power that they don't have to worry about getting dosed with their own medicine.

    For years I have believed we really need a two party system so BOTH parties can be held in check.  That worked until the Tea Baggers came along. They are so convinced they know what to do they believe NO ONE ELSE has any right to challenge them on it.  They are willing to put the entire WORLD in peril to get their way.  It is starting to look like we can't make them stop without endangering the economy of the US and thus the entire world.  The collapse in 2008 proved how interdependent nations are these days (for the few doubters who may have remained).

    The very worst of the whole situation is that people who have never run for public office, let alone been elected, are running the show, or attempting to run it based solely on MONEY!  Our Founding Fathers strongly disagreed on many things, but the one thing they DID agree on is that MONEY, in the form of corporations, will destroy any Democracy/Republic.  Never could they have envisioned that corporations would be declared people with all the rights of natural, living, breathing people.  It makes one severely question the independence of the Judiciary.

    •  The Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have (0+ / 0-)

      them not do unto you... I'm wondering how long it will be that a black man is claiming self-defense in a shoot first situation where s/he can claim "stand your ground" defense as he was fearful for his life.  I guess then the white men who wrote the law will question whether they're getting  what they asked for.  That white jury will have no choice but to see that the black man walks free.  How long will it take for Republicans to realize that their bigoted ways can only work against them and can only end up biting them in their white asses?

  •  Florida - leading the race to the bottom (0+ / 0-)

    While Kansas and Texas are close behind. Is there a point at which the state governments are so repressive to the citizens - that the citizens will revolt? Why shouldn't they? While the 99% are outmonied - there is a limit to what money can buy. I look forward to the day these bastards are holed up in their state buildings - with lots of money - and no food or water.  With lots of people milling around on the lawns and parking lots to be sure the blockade remains in place.

  •  Wake up SCOTUS (3+ / 0-)

    Just what the clowns (and that's a compliment) on SCOTUS claimed wouldn't happen is now coming true. I just hope to live long enough to spit on John Roberts grave.

  •  Mike Bennett... (0+ / 0-)

    A-Hole extraordinaire.  Bet he didn't eliminate the polling place closest to his house.  Just another TP right A-hole.  

  •  It's time (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe the time has come for someone to gather evidence of voter suppression and hired a damn good team of lawyers to basically have these idiots in Florida and any other politician who is trying to keep non whites (who will likely vote Democrat) from voting removed from office, charged and put in jail and not allowed to ever be elected to office again.

  •  It SHOULD be easy (0+ / 0-)

    The US wants to export to the rest of the world our brand of Democracy, and we are telling them that their government doesn't want them to be able to vote?

  •  Isn't this against the law (1+ / 0-)
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    reasonshouldrule

    In ANY way?

    I mean, can't somebody stop the blatant voter discrimination?

    •  You don't watch Florida's voting activities much? (1+ / 0-)
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      reasonshouldrule

      This is really par for the course in the sunshine state. And no as far as I'm aware it's legal provided certain guidelines are adhered to, but that said it wouldn't be the first time they've done something wrongly and gotten away with it either.

  •  Eliminating minority-heavy polling places (0+ / 0-)

    will have the ironic effect of increasing the length of lines at non-minority polling places, which will punish the old white guys who will now have more minority voters in line with them.  Looks like everyone in Florida can expect long lines now.  Can't hardly wait!!

    •  Maybe that will lead to a (0+ / 0-)

      kumba ya (sp?) moment?  Maybe some old white guy will have to stand in line with a young black man and maybe they'll start talking, and maybe the old white guy will realize that this young black man isn't a thug, and maybe the young black guy will realize that this old white guy isn't a cracker, and maybe they'll both realize that the thugs and the crackers are the ones in power right now and both of them will vote the f***ers out....???

      We can hope.

  •  If SCOTUS won't don't the job, Congress must. (1+ / 0-)
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    reasonshouldrule

    Florida is just keeping with it's long tradition of partisan voter suppression. Instead of closing down polling places where people have the means to travel further, Republicans hit the places with heavy Democratic constituencies, especially where many may lie towards the lower end of the economic ladder, thereby lacking means of transportation to polling sites.

  •  voter suppresion (1+ / 0-)
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    reasonshouldrule

    I surely hope the democratic party takes those low life rethuglicans to court to stop this suppression on voting

  •  EXPECT ORE OF THE SAME (0+ / 0-)

    The extremist, activist conservative judges on the U.S. Supreme Court have emboldened conservative politicians to take actions such as this. It's only just begun. You can expect a full assault by conservatives on every front and it is going to be ugly.

  •  WTF? (1+ / 0-)
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    dconrad

    "I want the people of the state of Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who’s willing to walk 200 miles…This should not be easy."................................
    I was unaware that going to the polls was supposed to be difficult..we dont have that problem where I live.
    Leave it to the TP/Repubs to make it easier to get a gun then it is to vote!! Obstructionists, they cant win any other way, how sad for them..

    •  Jimmy Crack Corn and I don't care... (0+ / 0-)

      "Leave it to the TP/Republicans to make it easier to get a gun than to vote!!"  In this day and age one wouldn't expect anything else from them.  They are bullies, and BULLIES SUCK!  I knew this was coming with Mike Bennett.  BOYCOTT MANATEE COUNTY, FLORIDA!!!

  •  Voter suppression vs gerrymandering (1+ / 0-)
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    belinda ridgewood

    If the voter suppression forces the democratic leaning voters to travel to republican majority polls won't that tip the balance of power in those gerrymandered congressional districts?

  •  I thought they already handled this problem (0+ / 0-)

    by redistricting.  I guess they couldn't prevent enough minority voters from voting that way or with voter ID laws, so they just close down their polling stations.  Damn, why didn't we think of that?  Where is Jimmy Carter when you really need him?

  •  "... as badly as I want to vote" (0+ / 0-)

    Sure, Bennett. Wanting to vote is noble, and demonstrating that you want to vote by overcoming hurdles is praiseworthy, and making it harder for people to vote builds moral fiber while giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their noble, praiseworthy desire to vote.

    And no one wants to vote more than you do, ya patriot.

    I think we should give you the chance to show us just how badly you want to vote.

    Leave your shoes at the door to the polling place, Benny. Those caltrops on the floor are just there so you can show us the purity of your will to vote.

    La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

    by dconrad on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 01:34:23 PM PST

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