Republican politicians know how to play dirty hardball, winning at all costs. Even giving up our Democracy just to stay in power. At the same time, we worried about Democrats in Congress taking the party to the Kentucky Derby rather than taking on the street fighting unfolding before them. But hope is not lost after all.
We have Democrats on the state level who signed on to fight. Seventeen state attorneys general challenged Florida’s SB 90 slanted voting law. They joined the New York and District of Columbia going to court to show how the law erased much of the minority vote.
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DC Attorney General Karl Racine released a statement that read:
‘Florida’s discriminatory law is another attempt to make it harder for some in the state to vote, especially voters of color. The myth of voter fraud has been debunked countless times, yet we continue to see states creating laws based on false claims to uphold this lie for political reasons. In reality, these election laws that supposedly prevent and eliminate voter fraud instead simply encourage voter suppression.’
As soon as Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed the SB 90 in late spring, the lawsuits began. The Republican legislators’ law limited absentee drop boxes and forbade anyone from handing out food or even water as residents stood in line for hours.
Although there was no fraud, the not-so-Grand Old Party said they wanted secure elections and to bolster Floridians’ belief the elections were safe. When in actuality, the opposite was true. Democrats said that the Republican legislature bought into Donald Trump’s lies.
The state attorneys general added that the advances around the voting process made for fairer voting rules, according to The Florida Appellate Court.
The attorneys general have joined the Amicus Brief, which means joining a lawsuit even though they are not a party directly involved. The states involved in it included “California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington:”
‘Florida’s claims of voter fraud and low voter confidence are unsupported by the record, undermined by the Amici States’ experiences, and, in any event, insufficient to justify the burdens imposed.’
But DeSantis has been riding roughshod over COVID restrictions, censoring educators, and calling for his own private army. The Tampa Bay reported:
‘Fear of upsetting state officials is pervasive among faculty at the University of Florida, to the point that race-related references have been edited out of course materials and researchers felt pressure to destroy COVID-19 data, according to a report released Monday by a Faculty Senate committee.’
This lawsuit promises plenty of fireworks. Stay tuned.
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