Former GOP Leaders: Florida Law Passed To Suppress Democratic Votes

A Florida law that led to longer lines at polling locations was intentionally designed by Republican staffers and consultants to make things difficult for Democratic voters, two former GOP officials told the Palm Beach Post.

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, who has been indicted for allegedly stealing $200,000 from the party, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now a Democrat, both said that early voting days and hours were reduced for the benefit of the Republican Party, according to a report from the newspaper on Sunday. “They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer told the paper. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”

GOP consultant Wayne Bertsch told the paper that targeting Democratic voters was the goal of the restrictions because Democratic early voting turnout operations “sent a chill down our spines.”