Early voters tend to vote Democrat. So, how did the GOP controlled Florida handle this problem? Reduce early voting. In an article in the Palm Beach Post, former Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer openly admits that the reason for reducing early voting was to suppress votes and increase the chances of GOP candidates winning.
“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.
“They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”
It’s like the GOP has given up on winning minority voters. Oh, wait…
“The sad thing about that is yes, there is prejudice and racism in the party but the real prevailing thought is that they don’t think minorities will ever vote Republican,” he said. “It’s not really a broad-based racist issue. It’s simply that the Republican Party gave up a long time ago ever believing that anything they did would get minorities to vote for them.”
Even former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has spoken about the GOP asking him to reduce early voting hours in an effort to reduce the Democratic vote. Governor Crist, unlike Governor Scott, did succumb to the pressure.
I understand wanting to win but winning because of changing the rules to benefit your party is like being the neighborhood bully changing the rules of the basketball game so that he can win without putting forth much effort. I guess it’s just poetic justice that changing the rules still didn’t help the bully win the game.