Florida GOP Thwarted In Plan To Disenfranchise Black Voters…For Now

Voting rights challenges are underway across the country as Republicans try every trick they can come up with to win the 2012 presidential election.

In Florida that included passing a series of changes to the state’s elections laws that the Department of Justice contends violates the federal Voting Rights Act. Late Thursday a panel of federal judges agreed.

The judges ruled that the Florida law that limits the number of early voting days cannot be implemented in several counties because it would have an adverse impact on minority turnout. Those counties are ones covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act which requires certain areas with a history of racial discrimination in voting and election administration to have their election laws and procedures precleared by either a federal court of the Justice Department prior to implementation.

“In sum, Florida is left with nothing to rebut either the testimony of the defendants’ witnesses or the common-sense judgment that a dramatic reduction in the form of voting that is disproportionately used by African-Americans would make it materially more difficult for some minority voters to cast a ballot than under the benchmark law,” the court ruled.

Gov. Rick Scott (R) is among a host of Republican governors who believes the Voting Rights Act to be unconstitutional, and once his administration took office he set out to openly defy it. Those efforts have been thwarted for now, but if one thing is for certain it’s that conservatives don’t give up that easily.


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Ira L.
Ellie L.4 years ago

GET RID OF EVERY TEAPUBLIKKKLAN! There is no place in America for these lying, hateful, racist, bigoted, fear-monger, misogynistic, hypocritical evil-doers.



Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda4 years ago

Looks like the Republicans do not know right from wrong. They don't seem to have an inner compass or conscience to show them the way, but rely on indoctrination by those that would exploit them and hankering to restore their "glorious Jim Crow past".

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe4 years ago


Charles P.
Charles P.4 years ago

We can thank the crooks in Florida for the situation in which we find ourselves today. They rigged the polling places in 2000. They cut way more than enough Democratic voters from the Rolls to give the election to gwb. Dubya was ready to concede. His brother called him and told him not to concede. He assured gwb that he would win the state. How could he be so sure? He knew that the polls were rigged in my opinion.

Susan Chandler
Susan Chandler4 years ago

There are other prongs to Rick Scott's voter suppression, the worst of which involves felons rights restoration, which Charlie Crist had semi-automated ... unafraid of a level playing field at the polls. In the face of @30,000 annual completions of parole conditions, Scott approved less than 100 (one hundred) requests for rights restoration in fiscal year 2011. Scott has essentially made first-time, non-violent offenses cause a permanent revocation of voting rights, making Florida the most Jim Crow state in the nation. Another prong is accessing 40% fees to amounts due courts, which will make it 40% less affordable for traffic offenders to have their driver license/required voter picture ID restored in time to vote. While Florida's ethical Election Supervisors fought Scott's voter purge, I have heard nothing any ethical Florida court clerks objecting to the 40% backdoor poll tax.

Chris C.
Chris C.4 years ago

The ONLY way the GOP can win is to CHEAT! Glad Rick Scott has been thwarted. Yes - they don't give up easily but this is a basic right - the right to vote. How can this be unconstitutional? That's just insane - like so many of the right wing party.

Gene Jacobson
Gene Jacobson4 years ago

(continued)THEM, they want to give a $4 trillion dollar tax cut, paid for by all the people they hate. Us. All of us. But most especially women, minorities, the GLBT community, the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the poor. How? Eliminate from government every program that benefits anyone but the 1%. By 2050 Ryan's budget will have virtually no government left. Which would be good because then we can amend the constitution, do away with half the Senator's, do away with 2/3's of the Representative, I mean really? Do we need 435 of those bozo's? And maybe get back to a place where common sense, common decency and common people have a place at the table of government. Because right now, we're being run by a pampered class of millionaire's whose attitude toward us is simple - die and get out of our way, no health care for YOU. Or anything else WE might have to contribute to. They make me sick. This is not going to go down in history as America's finest hour. Far from it. We are living in our own Dark Ages. May there be light in this land again one day. Sooner rather than later.

Gene Jacobson
Gene Jacobson4 years ago

"Gov. Rick Scott (R) is among a host of Republican governors who believes the Voting Rights Act to be unconstitutional, and once his administration took office he set out to openly defy it. Those efforts have been thwarted for now, but if one thing is for certain it’s that conservatives don’t give up that easily."

Well, one down. Maybe. If Ricky doesn't like the Voting Rights Act, challenge it in Federal Court - but remember the 1960's, he looks old enough. No, they don't give up easily, but they can be pressured as we've just seen in Ohio where their secretary (hoo, does he give a bad name to honest, hard-working secretaries) first tried to have expanded voting ONLY in counties that vote Republican and was forced to recant, sort of, by making voting rights equal across the state. But he made another mistake, his directive only mentioned week days, two Democrats noticed and voted for expanded hours on weekends, he threatened to fire them - both were on MSNBC last night. And of course, there's Pennsylvania where the state threw up its hand and said we have no evidence of fraud nor any reason for this statute and a judge upheld it anyway - wonder who appointed him, that's under appeal. No, they won't give up, they will continue trying to minimize minority voting because along with hating women as a core value, they hate minorities too. Yes, you heard me right, the core values of the 21st century Republican party, are anti-everyone who isn't one of the top 1%

Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago

Bruce K you have the smell of fear about you when you make such comments.

Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago

Well said @ Christopher. A green star to you.