State Sen. Mike Bennett running for Supervisor of Elections in Manatee County

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State Sen. Mike Bennett is running for Supervisor of Elections in Manatee County, reports Jeremy Wallace of the Herald-Tribune.

The Bradenton Republican announced on Friday that he will seek to replace current Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat, a Republican, who is retiring this year.

“I want to do something that involves public service,” Bennett said. Continue reading Wallace’s story here.

Bennett has an interesting perspective on how to get more people to vote.  Most election officials work to make it easier for voters to cast a ballot.

That doesn’t sound like the perspective Bennett might take as a Supervisor of Elections.

“Do you read the stories about the people in Africa? The people in the desert, who literally walk two and three hundred miles so they can have the opportunity to do what we do, and we want to make it more convenient? How much more convenient do you want to make it? Do we want to go to their house? Take the polling booth with us?

“This is a hard-fought privilege. This is something people die for. You want to make it convenient? The guy who died to give you that right, it was not convenient. Why would we make it any easier? I want ’em to fight for it. I want ’em to know what it’s like. I want them to go down there, and have to walk across town to go over and vote.”

PolitiFact gave Bennett’s claim a ‘Pants on Fire’ rating.

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