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Nelson tells Senate new voter laws violate ‘basic rights’

by John Kennedy | November 1st, 2011

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called Tuesday for the Senate to hold hearings across Florida and other states where Republican-led legislative majorities approved strict new voting standards.

Nelson first made his request last week, in a letter to Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin, the Democrat heading a judiciary subcommittee overseeing the constitution and civil rights. But he echoed his demand Tuesday before the full Senate.

 “No state should have the right to make a law if it abridges people’s basic rights,” said Nelson, who wants the hearings held in Florida and 13 other states that have enacted new voting laws.

Boca Raton Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch last summer called for congressional hearings into the changes, which Democrats and their allies say are designed to block and disenfranchise voters, particularly minorities and Democratic-leaning college students.

The goal of these Republican-ruled state legislatures is to reduce voter turnout in next year’s presidential contest, critics say. The ACLU and other voting rights groups have already sued to stop implementation of the law.  A study by the Brennan Center for Justice found the laws could keep 5 million people from voting next year.

Supporters of the measures deny any partisan motivation, instead saying the stricter standards are intended to reduce voter-fraud.


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9 Responses to “Nelson tells Senate new voter laws violate ‘basic rights’”

  1. No Way Says:

    Nelson wants illegals to vote? What’s the problem with needing ID?

    Nelson needs to be voted out offfice.

    He would open FL’s borders.

  2. RENEGADE Says:

    No Way

    Typical Tea twit. Hey genius, the article says nothing about illegals voting or anyone having a problem with ID.
    If you quit the drugs eventualy you will find your way back to the real world.

  3. johnny Says:

    This should be simple: no picture ID, no vote. The question that should be asked is “why do liberals want to block voter ID requirement”; their stock “disenfranchisement” argument doesn’t hold water. Don’t have a Driver’s license? The State provides a photo ID for free.

  4. Gotta Go Says:

    Nelson=40 YEARS! FORTY YEARS! as an elected official


    What has he done in the 40 years. You’d think someone could cite something Nelson has done for FL!

  5. Democrats Like Voter Fraud Says:

    Excellent post. Why are democrats opposed to showing ID? Why are democrats not wanting to firm up requirements for voting.

    There is so much voter fraud you would think they would want to tighten up requirements.

    NO more Voter Fraud!

  6. Tess Says:

    I’ve been a poll watcher at every general election since the 2000 debacle. Studies have shown that there is actually very little voter fraud. What is the purpose of cutting down early voting days except to disenfranchise certain voters? Even with the early voting we’ve had, during the last presidential election voters waited for hours. What are the republicans afraid of?

  7. Pat Says:

    Whatever happened to having a voter’s registration card that is now not accepted at the polls. The proper id, etc., could be shown at the time of registration; and most of you know this isn’t about id anyway. It’s ALL about the right wing Republicans and their tea party supporters not wanting anyone to vote who doesn’t support their agendas.

  8. Really! Says:

    Democrats are not trying to hide in voter fraud. Remember how George Bush “won” his elections. The first time he “took” office the supreme suppressed a voter count in Flordia and appointed him into the presidency. I remember. Remember how there was a big “bubble” vote that came in mysteriously in Ohio at the end to election day that pushed Geroge Bush into office again. I remember. Open your eyes and ears. Republicans have been suppressing and inventing votes for some time now.

  9. Deanna Woods Says:

    Independent studies have discovered that the incident of voter fraud is so low in America that you have a higher chance of getting hit by lightning. Also, the issue is not so simple as a question of getting picture ID–in one state, it costs $28 for the picture if you don’t know to ask for it for free. In another, a student ID no longer works, even though it did before the law was passed. And the stories of raised barriers goes on. The Brennan Institute has determined that up to 5 million otherwise eligible voters will be disenfranchised through the changes in the laws. Interesting that co-founder Weyrich of the Koch-funded ALEC organization (which is drafting many of the models for the laws currently being passed)has gone on record saying, “I don’t want everybody to vote. Our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

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