Florida Unveils Wide Ranging Voter Suppression Bill Aimed At Dems

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Republicans are so desperate to win, they have implemented 361-plus state laws to limit voter accessibility. The Grand Old Party (GOP) has fallen off the cliff of absurd and landed broken upon the fence of dissipation. Are we seeing a party breaking up on the shoals of their own making?

 

The state of Florida has decided that Georgia had a good idea when it banned “food or beverages.” This even though big businesses have condemned Georgia’s draconian move, and the MLB moving from Atlanta, as The Washington Post reported. The new Sunshine State law further forbids providing water, food, or gifts to the voters as they will stand in line. President Joe Biden condemned it:

‘[Georgia’s laws is] outrageous [and] Jim Crow in the 21st Century. If you want any indication that it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency, they pass a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote.’

Republicans in Georgia claimed that the state’s elections law were too broad, and said these laws “needed tightening to improve voter confidence,” NBC News reported. Dancing right behind their neighbor:

‘[Florida’s bill would] effectively make it a crime to give voters food or drink, including water, within 150 feet of polling places.’

The bill introduced in Florida would stand upon the existing state law prohibiting offering voters assistance within 100 feet of polling locations. FLSenate.gov H.B. 704 would expand that distance to 150 feet. That bill would also would stop anyone from giving:

‘[No one can give] any item [to voters or] interacting or attempting to interact [with voters.]’

Florida State Representative Blaise Ingoglia (R) clarified the boundaries of the bill in a committee last Monday. He said the Republicans’ ban included “food or beverages.” Traditionally, campaigns and others had handed out water, sent in food trucks, and even had pizza given to those waiting in long lines to vote.

Former President Donald Trump’s big lie that people had stolen the election from him kicked off the motivation for Republicans to further restrict mail voting and other “electoral practices.”

Even former Attorney General William Barr said that there was “no evidence of widespread voter fraud.” He added that Trump’s attempt to reverse the election through the court system had failed. The ex-president failed in over 60 courtrooms across the nation more specifically. Barr then fell out of favor with the then-president and resigned.

Florida has accepted mail-in ballots for any reason over the past 15 years:

‘[H.B. 7041] would require voters to request mail ballots more frequently, add more identification requirements for mail voting, and limit how drop boxes are used.’

Ingoglia introduced the bill H.B. 7041. He said that although Trump won Florida’s 2020 election, but there was room for improvement:

‘We should never rest on our laurels and we should never pass up an opportunity to make a good thing better.’

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