Florida GOP operatives ‘alarmed’ that they may accidentally suppress their own voters: report

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      eridani
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      https://www.rawstory.com/florida-republicans-2652859987/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7068

      Florida recently became the latest state to pass a sweeping voter suppression bill, but the Washington Post reports that some Republican operatives in the state are expressing “alarm” they could end up suppressing their own voters.

      The Post’s report notes that Florida Republicans recently adopted new restrictions on mail-in voting despite the fact that they’ve used mail-in voting for decades to rack up votes from conservative seniors living in the state.

      “Not only are GOP lawmakers reversing statutes that their own predecessors put in place, but they are also curtailing a practice that millions of state Republicans use, despite former president Donald Trump’s relentless and baseless claims that it invites fraud,” the Post reports.

      One Florida GOP operative was explicit in blaming Trump for the state’s decision to undermine its long-standing voting practices.

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      eridani
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      https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/69176-florida-republicans-rushed-to-curb-mail-voting-now-the-gop-may-be-regretting-that-move

      Virtually every narrow Republican victor of the past generation — and there have been many, including two of the state’s current top officeholders, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott — owes their victory, at least in part, to mail voting.

      Now, some Florida Republicans are reacting with alarm after the GOP-dominated state legislature, with DeSantis’s support, passed a far-reaching bill Thursday night that puts new restrictions on the use of mail ballots.

      Not only are GOP lawmakers reversing statutes that their own predecessors put in place, but they are also curtailing a practice that millions of state Republicans use, despite former president Donald Trump’s relentless and baseless claims that it invites fraud.

      Even as Democrats and voting rights advocates accuse the proponents of Senate Bill 90 of attempting to suppress the votes of people of color, these Republicans say their own political fortunes are in peril, too.b The potential fallout in the key swing state illustrates how the Republican Party is hurting itself in its rush to echo Trump’s false allegations, they said.

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      But Trump specifically exempted Florida!!

      He said mail-in there was really really safe, ‘tried & true; I believe were his exact words!!

      The ex-Pres himself always votes by mail (allows him to avoid the proles, too!)

      The Florida Rs must be traitors to the cause & deserve what they get….

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