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His remarks come amid concerns that excessive scrutiny may put a damper on the election.
By JONI JAMES and TAMARA LUSH
Published October 28, 2004
TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday he would have no problem if Republican poll watchers challenge the eligibility of voters before they cast ballots on Election Day, despite growing concern that it could create gridlock and scare away qualified voters.
"I don't think it will cause problems," Bush said. "I do think that people who are not eligible to vote shouldn't and the people who are should."
The Florida Republican Party has not decided whether to instruct poll watchers to challenge voters Tuesday, spokeswoman Mindy Fletcher said.
But Democrats say a GOP list of 2,663 newly registered voters in Duval County who appear to have incorrect addresses indicates Republicans are planning such a strategy.
"It's despicable," Florida Democratic Party chairman Scott Maddox said. "Their goal is to harass people enough that they'll give up their right to vote or not go to the polls."
Fletcher said the Duval list will not be used to challenge voters but to revise the Republicans' mailing list.
Republicans and Democrats have signed up thousands of poll watchers who will be inside precincts to monitor voters. A rarely used provision of state law allows poll watchers to challenge an individual's qualifications to vote by writing a sworn affidavit. The challenge is resolved on the spot by election workers, or by having the voter cast a provisional ballot.
St. Petersburg Times