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Former Florida GOP Chair Admits Party Aimed to Suppress Voters

Former GOP officials and current GOP consultants admit to the Palm Beach Post that the party's main goal in pushing new early voting laws was to suppress voting by minorities and Democrats:

GreerRepublican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

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  1. Impeach Rick Scott.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 26, 2012 7:02:13 PM


  2. Goodness. How shocking. I also recently learned that the sky is blue.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 26, 2012 7:02:28 PM


  3. You know what? It is shcoking, and immoral, and unethical.

    ...and I'm a Canadian, and shouldn't really care, but I find that I do.

    This is just shameful.

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Nov 26, 2012 7:40:32 PM


  4. Captain Obvious.

    Posted by: ian | Nov 26, 2012 8:02:17 PM


  5. So, color me surprised - NOT!

    Posted by: John Freeman | Nov 26, 2012 8:37:38 PM


  6. This should be brought up repeatedly before the next election -- because nothing turns out the voters like hearing about how the GOP is trying to deny them their rights to vote!

    Posted by: kit | Nov 26, 2012 8:53:06 PM


  7. So he has admitted political parties have become quite bold in what they do to manipulate elected. Is there outrage? Yes. Is there shock? No. It's become quite clear how corrupt those assholes have become some time ago.

    Posted by: Garst | Nov 26, 2012 9:04:24 PM


  8. Why is this kind of behavior - willfully attempting to deny people their right to vote - not considered treasonous, or impeachable, or just plain criminal? This isn't a rhetorical question. Can someone - maybe Ari Waldman - explain why these people are not being prosecuted?

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Nov 26, 2012 9:43:05 PM


  9. Why is this kind of behavior - willfully attempting to deny people their right to vote - not considered treasonous, or impeachable, or just plain criminal? This isn't a rhetorical question. Can someone - maybe Ari Waldman - explain why these people are not being prosecuted?

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Nov 26, 2012 9:43:08 PM


  10. Short of slipping polonium in Obama's coffee, the Rebuplican mission in the last election was singular and single-minded: take down Obama at all cost.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Nov 26, 2012 9:55:41 PM


  11. The GOP knows the only way they can win is by suppressing the vote, and it didn't even work this time.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Nov 26, 2012 11:51:29 PM


  12. Mark Rubio was lined up right behind him.

    Shame on both of them!

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Nov 27, 2012 1:18:59 AM


  13. With Pennsylvania, this makes 2 out of 50. How many more?

    We've even got states already doubling down on their botched handling of the election:(

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 27, 2012 1:58:14 AM


  14. @DIOGENES ARKTOS

    Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted tried really hard to suppress the vote in Ohio. These sad Republican assholes are a pathetic bunch.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 27, 2012 2:43:38 AM


  15. This is so not news, the Obama machine sussed this out in 2008 which is why the campaign never left the state. Reptiles never learn that when you do things overtly the backlash is inevitable. That's why the long lines never bothered the oppressed. Proud of my home state until they do something stupid again.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Nov 27, 2012 8:50:04 AM


  16. I don't understand why early voting is favorable to Democrats?

    what is the sociological reason behind that if it's true (and I suppose it must be, since they spent millions trying to do away with it)?

    Posted by: G.I. Joe | Nov 27, 2012 10:11:43 AM


  17. @Gast: Yes, Husted is a classic, but he's not on record admitting he did what he did. (His idea to apportion the electoral votes is even more lame.) It's even better if there's an explicit targeting of certain groups.

    @G I Joe: African Americans are typically Democratic. The most important early voting for them is on a Sunday, usually the last Sunday before the election. After church, the African Americans car pool parishioners to the polls.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 28, 2012 5:09:36 AM


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