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Washington Post: The GOP is just making people worry more about voter suppression by questioning Florida

Plenty of people can point you to a local news story in Florida in which a judge urges everyone to “ramp down the rhetoric,” adding that he’s seen no evidence of wrongdoing in the vote-counting in Broward County.


Then again, we can point you to a post about a judge who ruled that Broward County violated the Florida Constitution and public records act, and another post about Palm Beach County elections supervisor Susan Bucher refusing to comply with a court order to submit “problem ballots copied by her staff but were not reviewed by the county’s Canvassing Board.”

In short, you have to follow the local media to find out what’s really going on in Florida — but the Washington Post thinks that the GOP needs to stop questioning the process because it’s worsening fears of voter suppression.

Eugene Scott writes:

Those cries, in the absence of evidence to back up any allegations of voter fraud or other wrongdoing, are dredging up fears that the votes of primarily people of color will not be properly counted. Concerns about protecting the right to vote of people of color have existed since some states put laws in place after the passing of the 15th Amendment, which guaranteed black men the right to vote. These anxieties increased in 2013 after the Supreme Court ruled against upholding what is considered the crux of the Voting Rights Act.

Hours-long waits to vote in predominantly black neighborhoods in the Miami area have prompted some to believe that powerful Republicans were trying to discourage people of color from casting their ballot for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D), who would be the state’s first black governor, and incumbent Senate Democrat Bill Nelson.




Why didn’t the Washington Post, which will show solidarity with Jim Acosta, speak up about the Palm Beach elections supervisor threatening to arrest reporters for trying to cover a public ballot counting?



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