One of the worst aspects of Florida’s new patchwork of laws designed to suppress voting is the law that makes it much more difficult to register new people to vote. It’s so bad that even the League of Women Voters suspended their voter registration programs there. And now you can see why:
All Sabu Williams wanted to do on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend was register voters…
After the rule was first put in place, the NAACP was the only group in Okaloosa County that braved the new pitfalls and continued to register voters. However, when they registered voters over MLK weekend, they were charged with submitting the forms an hour late on Tuesday, despite the fact that they were unable to submit forms on Monday because it was a holiday.
“We’re here the very first day that you’re open at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and you’re saying that we’re an hour late?” Williams asked. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
He soon received a letter from the state supervisor of elections. “We appreciate you going out and registering voters,” the letter read. “However, you were late for two of those and if you’re late anymore we’re going to turn this over to the Florida Department of Justice for prosecution.”
This is purely designed to intimidate people into not registering new voters, and the sole purpose is to keep people who might vote Democratic away from the polls.