Voting-law rewrite on the wrong track
OUR OPINION: Legislation veers from values that strengthen democracy
The sweeping rewrite of Florida's election laws by the Republican majority last week is a flagrant example of power politics at its worst. Here we have legislation authored in secrecy and haste, which has been bereft of meaningful public input or comment.If they stand, the bills would erect barriers to participation by voters while making it easier for lobbyists and special interests to influence political parties. The bills make it harder for local election supervisors to handle large turnouts of voters while making it easier for political outsiders to become involved in Florida elections. The bills clearly benefit the narrow self-interest of political partisans but make voter access to the polls more difficult.