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Ian McColgin
11-26-2012, 06:30 PM
Published on Monday, November 26, 2012 by Common Dreams

Florida GOP Admission: Voter Fraud 'Just a Marketing Ploy'
Former Republican leaders speak out against early voting laws

- Common Dreams staff

Two former Florida GOP leaders and current party strategists are blowing the whistle on early voting law HB 1355, which—they admit—was designed by Republicans to limit Democratic turnout, specifically targetting minorities.

Former GOP Chairman Jim Greer and former Governor Charlie Crist told the Palm Beach Post that concerns regarding voter fraud were advanced "for one reason and one reason only," to deter Democratic voters.

According to the report, Greer cited a number of meetings, beginning in 2009, during which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours. "We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us," Greer was reportedly told by party consultants.

“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” he added. “They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”

Former Governor Crist also admitted to being approached by party leaders during his 2007-2011 gubernatorial term about changing early voting in an effort to suppress Democrat turnout.

The election law, HB 1355, which was successfully passed by Republican super-majorities in 2011, cut Florida’s in-person early voting days from 14 to eight and eliminated early voting on the Sunday before Election Day and, according to The Post, "made it harder for voters who had changed counties since the last election to cast ballots, a move that affected minorities proportionately more than whites."

An anonymous GOP consultant interviewed by the paper also acknowledged that suppressing black votes was of specific concern. “I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves,” he said.

When questioned about the statements, GOP defenders have questioned Greer and Crist's credibility. The former governor left the GOP in the face of a challenge from now-Sen. Marco Rubio (R) in the 2010 Senate primary and endorsed President Barack Obama's in the recent election.

Greer is currently under indictment for reportedly stealing $200,000 from the party through a phony campaign fundraising operation though, in response, he has sued the party saying "GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection."

In November, Obama defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney in Florida by 74,309 votes— compared to a 237,000-vote margin in 2008.

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Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-26-2012, 06:52 PM
Never mind that, did Susan Rice lie?

John of Phoenix
11-26-2012, 10:39 PM
Why are the people who brought us this not on trial?

11-27-2012, 02:44 AM
They're not in jail because their law made it legal.

This is a problem that won't go away thanks to extensive gerrymandering of Congressional districts. Too many regressives stay in power.

11-27-2012, 02:53 AM
Why are the people who brought us this not on trial?

Greer is facing charges for some other stuff. When his party kicked him to the curb, he came out with this. Maybe not the most credible source, but also not the only source.


11-27-2012, 03:33 AM
How come attempting to subvert a Presidential election, one that elects the C in C, is not treason? Or at least a serious federal crime? After all the state may make [parochial electoral laws, but the election is multi state for federal office. I do not see how in its present form you can trust your system not to be corrupted.

11-27-2012, 06:43 AM
Greer is facing charges for some other stuff. When his party kicked him to the curb, he came out with this. Maybe not the most credible source, but also not the only source.

That's what I was thinking.
It sort of reminds me of when Ken Caminiti went public about steroid use in MLB.

John Smith
11-27-2012, 06:47 AM
We think it's free speech.

One of the things that needs to be addressed, nationally, is how elections are run. We'll see if it is addressed.

Some of it seems simple. line length should be limited by law. Any registered voter that someone wants to challenge should stay on the roles and be able to vote until those doing the challenging can prove this person is not eligible.

We say it's better to let a guilty man go free than to put an innocent man in jail. We should apply that philosophy here.

One of the larger problems here is that people are too easily sold a bill of goods. Voter ID is a good example. Most people have no trouble getting one, and they have trouble understanding that many cannot get one so easily. It's the lack of empathy many Americans suffer from.

Meanwhile, you might find this interesting. I'm not certifying it as true, but it well may be.