Accusing Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner of trying to “suppress the vote” in an upcoming special congressional election in Pinellas County, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday he wants the U.S. Department of Justice to look into whether Florida is violating federal law.
Detzner issued a directive last week telling county elections chiefs they could only collect voted absentee ballots at elections offices and not use remote sites or drop boxes outside an elections office. Detzner, an appointee of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, wrote in the directive that he was clarifying laws that require the safekeeping of ballots and documentation that ballots are received on time.
After silence on the new voter purge they're planning, Rick Scott and his beer lobbyist turned Secretary Of State Ken Detzner are rolling out some new voter restrictions and just in time for the special election for deceased Congressman Bill Young's seat which is likely to flip to Democrats for the first time in years.
The latest Quinnipiac poll has him 7 points behind newly announced Democratic challenger Charlie Crist:
Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist is leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 7 points in a poll released Thursday, but the lead is much closer than it was seven months ago.
More voters, 53 percent, said he doesn't deserve a second term, compared to 37 percent who say he does. And Scott's approval remains low, with 42 percent of respondents saying he's doing a good job and 47 percent saying he isn't.
Meanwhile, an "informal poll" of Rick Scott's popularity was conducted yesterday in Orlando and, well, you can hear these results for yourself, below:
Let's face it, Rick Scott is never going to get good, favorable poll numbers. He likely recognizes that too, considering he thumbs his nose at everyday Floridians, save a little window dressing here and there.
But in spite of bending over backwards to please conservatives and the Tea Party crowd, well, it looks like he's losing them too.
Choosing one of the two talking points, or rather words, the Florida Republican Party is using in the 2014 governor's race, Jeb Bush endorsed Rick Scott today, using "economy," in spite of dubious claims about Florida's.