The Bradenton Herald via the News Service of Florida reported Thursday that Bennett, who was one of the most outspoken advocates in the Legislature for making it harder to vote, now wants to make it easier and is suggesting more early voting days.
Bennett, who will officially become elections supervisor on Jan. 6, said last year that voting should be hard and that with people in some places willing walk 200 miles to vote – Americans should value the ability to cast a ballot. “This should not be easy,” Bennett, a Republican, said at the time while arguing for cutting the number of early voting days from 14 to 8, a measure that passed. But Bennett told the Herald that he now would like to see the number of early voting days returned to 14, and also wants supervisors to have more flexibility in determining early voting sites.
Bennett drew angry responses from those who consider voting a right when he said in 2011 that it was instead a :hard-fought privilege” and shouldn’t be made 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?” he said at the time. Bennett, who left the Legislature because of term limits, was elected to replace Bob Sweat, who retired after nearly three decades.