The New York Times picks up on a telling remark from Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Steve Bennett, in which he states “I gotta tell ya I wouldn’t even have any problem making it harder” for people to vote. Bennett also suggests that we should make voting in Florida more like…voting in Africa?
Earlier today, the GOP-controlled legislature was in court trying to explain why their redistricting maps ignore the Fair District Amendments passed by 63-percent of Florida voters. But you don’t need a law degree to see that the GOP is trying to suppress the constitutional rights of Florida’s citizens — you just have to read Sen. Bennett’s statement.
You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Vote
The New York Times, February 28, 2012
“Here’s how State Senator Michael Bennett, the chamber’s President Pro-Tem, explained his support for the legislation:
‘Ever read the stories about people in Africa? The people in the desert who literally walk 200-300 miles so they could have an opportunity to do what we do? And we want to make it more convenient? .… I want ‘em to fight for it. I want ‘em to know what it’s like. I want ‘em to have to walk across town to go over and vote. I want ‘em to at least know the date of when they’re supposed to vote…. This is Florida and we should count. We do make it convenient for people to vote but I gotta tell ya I wouldn’t even have any problem making it harder.'”