Although it seems like Gov. Rick Scott will make the bold and progressive move of banning bestiality, he still plans to screw voters. The election overhaul bill, which many see as backdoor disenfranchisement, cruised through the Legislature and now awaits the governor’s signature. Throughout the legislative session, Scott not only supported the bill verbally but also led by example as he and his Cabinet brought back Jim Crow-style voting laws.
Well, it’s about time that someone reminded Capo Scott about the Voting Rights Act, which was meant to ensure every citizen’s right to vote by protecting them from states that exploited loopholes in the 15th Amendment. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires federal preclearance of any election law that could discriminate against minority voters. Section 5 covers five counties in Florida.
The NAACP and ACLU have already asked the Justice Department to investigate Florida’s potential violation of the Voting Rights Act. Now, finally, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has done the same.
Nelson railed against the bill all week and barely acknowledged the feckless castigation that followed his remark about Osama Bin Laden’s death. After both chambers of the Legislature approved the bill yesterday, Nelson admonished Scott in a letter in which he threatened to seek a federal investigation if Scott signs the bill into law.