Democrats in the Florida Senate had a chance last week to claim victory on a major issue. When you have just 14 votes in a 40-member chamber, such chances come along about as often as LeBron James has a bad game. Yet the Democrats chose to posture.
The issue was elections. Two years ago, Republicans passed and Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 1355, which the GOP designed to make voting harder for Floridians likely to vote for Democrats: African-Americans (by reducing early-voting hours) and the young (by making it harder to cast a regular ballot if a voter had moved recently.) The bill also imposed unreasonable regulations and penalties on groups other than political parties that conduct voter registration drives. Such drives often register more Democrats. After the bill became law, the League of Women Voters shut down its registration drive for 2012.
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