Something about voter fraud in the Orlando mayoral race demands in investigation by a state criminal unit that reports to the Gov. Jeb Bush, that would be. An election that took place in March.
Mr. Herbert thinks: “The vile smell of voter suppression is all over this so-called investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”
Not willing to go that far, just yet. Not willing to post this thread in GD, because we haven’t enough information for actual debate.
On the other hand, it simply isn’t possible to imagine that the politicians who sign off on this sort of investigation are so innocently naive that they could not imagine that this sort of investigation, with its intimidating aspects of police investigation, might have some effect on oppressing the elderly black vote.
(Note: the “absentee ballot” aspect of all this is important only because the Orlando Voters League has encouraged elderly persons who fear they may be unable to travel to the polls to cast absentee ballots, which they are permitted to do.)
And what, pray, is the presumed value of interviews conducted at random in the targeted demographic? Are they imagining that they will turn up some elderly black voter who will blurt a confession, or inadvertently reveal some dastardly plot?
What are they investigating? They won’t tell us, secret, very hush-hush. Ongoing criminal investigation, don’t you know. Why did it take 5 months for this crucial bit of investigation to go forward? See above. Is it likely to have the effect of intimidating a voting population that is overwhelmingly Democratic in a crucial swing state that hangs in the balance? In thier zealous and forthright concern for clean government, this apparently never occured to them. Being entirely innocent of political acumen, and all.
The one thing that speaks for innocence in this is that it is, apparently, confined to Orlando, which is to say, not statewide. Any advantage to be obtained would be minimal and tightly confined. However, in a state where a few hundred votes might well decide the future of our nation, even the smallest advantage may prove crucial.
What the hell is going on here?