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REP. THURSTON OUTRAGED BY GOVERNOR SCOTT’S ATTEMPTS TO RESTRICT VOTING
House Democratic Leader-designate Statement
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — State Representative Perry Thurston (D-Plantation), the House Democratic Leader-designate, issued the following statement in response to legal action taken late yesterday by Governor Rick Scott’s administration. “I am outraged by Governor Scott’s ongoing attempts to reduce Floridians’ access to early voting. The governor’s lawyers are now seeking approval to restrict the five Florida counties covered by the federal Voting Rights Act to holding 96 hours of early voting over just eight days instead of a span of at least 12 days.
“The governor’s proposal fails to give adequate flexibility to meet the real-life needs of voters who face challenges getting to the polls because of transportation issues, illnesses, weather-related postponements, family emergencies and any number of other difficulties.
“Further, in the legal motion, Governor Scott is continuing to ignore the objections of Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Harry Sawyer Jr., who has said it is his duty to provide at least 12 days of early voting as prescribed by the law that has been precleared by the court.
“In addition, the governor is fostering circumstances that may encourage chaos and confusion that could result with Florida continuing to operate under two early voting standards – one for preclearance counties and another for the rest of the state.
“Once more, Governor Scott is trampling on the rights of Floridians and violating the spirit of the federal Voting Rights Act.”