Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Democratic Party today released a new web video video calling for Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida GOP to support substantive elections reform in the wake of the disastrous 2012 elections.
“Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-led legislature don’t seem to remember the long lines last election or that more than 200,000 Floridians were deterred from the polls because of the voter suppression law they passed,” said FL Dems Executive Director Scott Arceneaux. “Florida’s 2012 election debacle was an embarrassment for our state and was caused by the very party who is now offering nothing more than lip service to Florida voters. It’s time for real reforms and to undo the damage done by Florida Republicans. It’s time to let the people vote.”
Before the start of the 2013 legislative session Senate Democrats outlined seven commonsense steps to smart elections reform. Democrats called for measures ending long lines, ensuring short summaries on ballots, providing greater flexibility in choosing early voting sites, and making 14 days of early voting mandatory.
Earlier this week the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee passed SB600 over unanimous opposition by Senate Democrats. The bill, and its House counterpart HB7013, fails to include any of the commonsense steps outlined by Senate Democrats including returning to a mandatory 14 day early voting period.