Democratic Governors Assoc. targeting Gov. Scott over 'voter suppression' bill

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As Gov. Rick Scott weighs whether to sign a controversial elections bill, a group of rivals is trying to turn up the heat on the governor, reports the News Service of Florida. The Democratic Governors Association is asking voters to fill out a form “to demand that Governor Scott not sign this bill into law.” Opponents have assailed the measure (HB 1355), which tightens regulations on third-party voting registration groups, trims early-voting days and limits when voters can change their addresses, as an attack on President Obama’s electoral coalition ahead of the 2012 elections. Supporters say it’s necessary to secure Florida’s elections from fraud. “Governor Rick Scott could sign this bill any day now, so we have to move fast and demand that he veto this blatant affront to voters’ rights,” says the DGA’s form, linked to on the front page of the organization’s website. Scott has not said whether he will sign the bill. He has until Saturday to act on it.

From the Democratic Governors Association:

The GOP-led Florida Legislature just passed a terrible bill that will make it harder for people to register to vote and limits early voting. It tightens rules on third-party registration. It decreases the number of days for early voting. It prevents people from changing their address right at the polling station.

After the Florida election debacle in 2000, we know just how important this issue can be.

We have only one chance to stop this bill, and it? right now. Governor Rick Scott could sign this bill any day now, so we have to move fast and demand that he veto this blatant affront to voters?rights.

Additionally, the DGA has launched a series of Google Ads on this issue and distributed an email urging Scott to veto the legsialtion.

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