Feds to monitor Florida election changes; Scott pushes back

KEEPING IT FAIR

In 1988, Holder was nominated by former President Reagan an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Holder was then nominated by President Clinton to serve as the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C. in 1993.

Holder served under President Bush as Acting Attorney General.

Now the Attorney General under President Obama.

Holder wrote to Scott on July 21 expressing concerns about elections laws and procedures that “have restricted voter participation and limited access.”

Holder added he was “deeply disturbed” at the “barriers to voting” that have been added during Scott’s tenure and urged the governor to “re-evaluate laws and procedures that make it harder for citizens to register and to vote.”

In the letter, Holder described as “troubling” a 2013 directive from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner that absentee ballots could only be collected at supervisor’s offices. Also, the letter pointed to Detzner’s rejection this year of a request to use the University of Florida’s student union as an early voting location, and a policy outlined in April by an assistant county attorney in Miami-Dade County that voters couldn’t use restrooms at polling sites in the South Florida county.

“Whether or not these changes would ultimately be found to violate specific federal laws, they represent a troubling series of efforts to limit citizens’ ability to exercise the franchise,” Holder wrote.

Holder also pointed to a controversial attempt to “purge” non-citizens from the voter rolls before the 2012 elections and to a 2011 law that reduced the length of the early-voting period. That law, which has since been altered, was blamed for helping create long lines at some polling places in 2012.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s office and campaign are attacking as “blatantly political” a letter from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announcing that the Justice Department is monitoring changes to Florida’s election laws.

KEEPING IT FAIR

In 1988, Holder was nominated by former President Reagan to become an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Holder was then nominated by President Clinton to serve as the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C. in 1993.

Holder also briefly served under President Bush as Acting Attorney General.

Now the Attorney General under President Obama.

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