One day after Halloween and Rick Scott’s campaign is still playing tricks. In fact, it is one of the oldest tricks in the book.
In an email blast to supporters, an obvious attempt to squeeze out every drop of early voting, Rick Scott for Florida made this last-minute pitch:
“This election could be decided before Election Day, so don’t wait to vote for Rick Scott – Today is the last day of early voting.”
It then asks voters to find the nearest voting station at EarlyVoteFL.com.
As Max Steele of the Florida Democratic Party notes on Twitter, that is not quite the case.
According to the Florida Divisions of Elections, “Each county Supervisor of Elections may at his or her own discretion offer additional days of early voting on any or all days during the 15th through 11th day and the last Sunday before Election Day.”
Of Florida’s 67 counties, those that opted to offer balloting on Sunday, voting include Bradford, Broward, Charlotte, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Seminole, St. Lucie and Suwanee.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that many of those counties expect high Democratic turnout; something that Scottworld does not want to encourage.
In fact, Sunday is the last opportunity for “Souls to the Polls” where pastors, urge congregations to cast last minute ballots in the last weekend of early voting.
Since the program focuses on African-American and predominantly Democratic neighborhoods, many feel that the GOP is not concerned about them and their vote. It also gives credence to those who believe that a racial element exists when Republican lawmakers seek to restrict early voting.
It is almost like telling voters that Election Day is on the first Wednesday in November.