The attempt to hold down Democratic turnout is obvious. In prior years, more Democrats than Republicans have taken advantage of early voting. Many African-American church congregations organized trips to the polls after Sunday services.
So, this year Republicans allowed only one Sunday of early voting.
I tried to vote early on Saturday, but there were two-hour lines at the only open polling station in South Beach. So I gave up. I tried again Monday, but the wait was still an hour and a half. So I decided to come back Tuesday. It took 45 minutes in line, plus 15 minutes wading through 10 pages of intentionally incomprehensible ballot questions, but I voted. If I didn't have such a flexible work schedule, and if I didn't write about public policy for a living”maybe I wouldn't have.
This is why Governor Rick Scott and Florida’s Republican legislature eliminated nearly half of our state’s early voting days this year: They don’t want to make it easier for Floridians to vote, because high turnout favors Democrats. As I wrote in the magazine last week, federal judges and local election officials have blocked most of the GOP’s efforts to make voting harder across the nation, from voter-ID restrictions to convoluted registration rules to new limits on early voting.
But they haven’t blocked everything, and in a close election, minor inconveniences could make a major difference.
Originally posted by Flow101
What no one in ATS want to bite? If this was a democratic state that was doing something to suppress the republican vote, this would have like 20 pages already.
The only thing I hope is that people vote much more in favor for Obama so that the Republican's voter suppression doesn't work.
Voters in Ohio and Kansas have said that some voting machines used in early voting are changing Romney votes for Obama, two separate reports said Wednesday.