The people have spoken. No more insidious amendments written to confuse the average person, no more trying to disenfranchise the poor and minorities.
Governing Florida is not like running a hospital corporation in which employees are fearful of losing their jobs and shareholders expect more dividends and executives demand higher salaries and bonuses.
Gov. Scott’s tenure has been a waste of time.
Lazaro G. Martinez, Miami
EVERY GROUP and news outlet that issues political endorsements should include this question in candidate surveys:
“Do you pledge to make voting a more user-friendly experience, such as adding days for early voting days and polling place personnel, while retaining adequate safeguards, even if it costs the taxpayers more money?”
Bob Ploehn, Miami Beach
SO MIAMI-DADE Mayor Carlos Gimenez tells voters waiting to vote on Brickell that he is embarrassed. Really? Where was his concern when people were waiting in line more than eight hours to vote at the North Dade Library? Why didn’t he request that the governor extend early voting?
But the mayor did nothing. In fact, he was AWOL during the election process. He came across as being part of the Republican Party that did everything it could to discourage people from voting
Edward Taylor, Miami Gardens
LONG LINES at the polls, with some voters not casting their ballots until well after midnight, once again made Florida a national embarassment. Blame this on the state Legislature, which reduced the number of days of early voting, and Gov. Scott, who refused to extend early voting as then-Republican Charlie Crist did in 2008. The pushback from voters, not willing to be denied their right to vote, probably cost Mitt Romney a Florida victory. If Scott seeks reelection, I hope voters remember these voter suppression tactics and vote to suppress him.
Jon Weiner, Coral Gables
MY HAT’S off to all those who waited until well into the wee hours to vote in Miami-Dade. Let’s hope that the state lawmaker got the message that their silly attempts at voter suppression did not work. Our hyperpartisan secretaries of state and legislatures change rules at a whim. Voting is a basic right, and it’s time to change how we exercise that right.
Joel T. Heinen, Miami
I PROPOSE a new state motto: Florida — The Irrelevant State.
IT’S IRONIC that Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez was so upset that people had to wait in long lines to vote in Brickell and Country Walk, saying that he was going to get to the bottom of what went wrong. Where were his and other county representatives’ anger when the governor made calculated changes to early voting?
Anyone with clear eyes and common sensek new it would be a fiasco.
Cathy Cruz Scafidi, Miami
LET’S REMEMBER why Florida is once again the laughingstock of the nation when our governor comes up for reelection in two years.
Sonja L. Davis, Miami
ONCE AGAIN, South Florida seems unable to organize an election and probably couldn’t organize a beer fest in a brewery, either.
Clive Baker, Miami