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Rev. Jackson blasts Florida voting-law changes

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Friday called for the U.S. Justice Department to block implementation of changes to Florida election laws that he says will suppress turnout in 2012. The long-time civil rights leader and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition took part in a conference call Friday with representatives of civil rights and civil liberties groups.

"By restricting voting, they (Republicans) are able to determine the outcome," Jackson said. He described Florida as "ground zero for the voter suppression movement" in the United States.

Jackson plans to attend rallies in Florida next week to mobilize opposition to the new law. After a rally Monday night in Orlando, Jackson vill take part in a rally at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the 34th Street Church of God. The ACLU of Florida is circulating a flier instructing how people can send emails and letters or make phone calls to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Obama administration to "stop voter suppression" in Florida.

The law (HB 1355), passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, reduces early voting from 14 days to eight and requires voters to cast provisional ballots if their previous voting address was in another county. Supporters say the changes will reduce voter fraud at the polls. The law is already the focus of a legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.

-- Steve Bousquet

 

 

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James

The Democrats and its legal arm, the ACLU, are ALWAYS in support of voter fraud. Is it any wonder this country is circling the drain when most people of voting age are total morons and parasites?

wineplz

I thought it had been an awful long time since we had been graced with the Rev's presence.
If this is an example of "voter suppression", then maybe we should consider all one-day Black Friday sales to be "shopper suppression" since that only allows people to get those sale prices for one day. And maybe everyone who has to show ID to get a library card or register their kid for school or open a bank account is being suppressed as well???

DAVE

IT'S THE SAME OLD REDERICK. WE SHOULD PUT LAW'S OUT THEIR TO MAKE SURE THAT NO MINORITY'S SHOULD HAVE TO FOLLOW OUR LAW'S OR RULE'S. AND IF SOME ONE ASK A MINORITY FOR PROOF OF WHOM HE OR SHE IS, THEN THAT PERSON SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE DEEMED A RACIST AND PUT IN PRISON FOR LIFE. MYSELF I'M GETTING VERY SICK OF THIS IDEA THAT OUR LAWS AND RULE'S SHOULD NOT APPLY TO SOME IN OUR COUNTRY. IF THESE MINORITY'S WERE VOTING REPUBLICAN YOU COULD BET YOUR LAST DIME THAT THERE WOULD BE OUT RAGE FROM THE ACLU AND THE LIBERAL'S. BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE SO LET'S LET SOME GET AWAY WITH ILLEGAL ACTIVITY AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT EFFECT THE LEFT. THE ACLU AND THE JACKSON'S IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD TAKE A HIKE.

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