‘Devastating’: Florida Republicans worried about 2022 as they crafted election law
[ Editor’s Note: Communication between Florida lawmakers to challenge Forida’s new voting restrictions seems to be revealing. The record verifies what the true motivations were, which is to restrict voting to create a partisan advantage.
The Republicans feel mail in voting cost them the national election, but Trump won Florida despite that possibility, so they are now wanting to ‘bolster’ the 2022 and 24 elections… with a national wave of voting restriction laws which will be jamming up already jammed courts.
Have any of you noted how despite the huge amount of money that the Dems are pouring into everything under the sun, no one seems concerned with our logged jammed, justice delayed is Justice denied monstrosity?
We have nowhere near the number of courts, judges and staff to handle the business, and the delays just add to the billing hours for the attorneys who benefit from the case backlogs as accounts receivable.
This issue is going to be a long, brutal, take no prisoners slugfest… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … September 20, 2021
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republicans this spring insisted a contentious new election law curtailing access to ballot boxes was needed to prevent electoral fraud. It was not, they said, an attempt to gain a partisan advantage.
But a raft of internal emails and text messages obtained by POLITICO show the law was drafted with the help of the Republican Party of Florida’s top lawyer — and that a crackdown on mail-in ballot requests was seen as a way for the GOP to erase the edge that Democrats had in mail-in voting during the 2020 election.
The messages undercut the consistent argument made by Republicans that the new law was about preventing future electoral fraud.
Gruters defended a Senate proposal to cancel all existing mail-in ballot requests, saying that it would be “devastating” for Republicans to keep them valid heading into the 2022 election when DeSantis and other state GOP officials are up for reelection.
More than 2.18 million Democrats used mail-in ballots compared to 1.5 million Republican voters during the 2020 election where Trump easily won Florida. Part of that was due to the ongoing pandemic, as Democrats strongly encouraged voters to change their habits nationwide.
“We cannot make up ground. Trump campaign spent 10 million. Could not cut down lead,” Gruters wrote to Ingoglia, who had been chair of the Republican Party of Florida before Gruters.
…“If this was truly about democracy and integrity of elections we would be taking the advice of experts,” Taddeo said. “Clearly this shows this was partisan — where they were colluding to undermine democracy.”
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