Ahead of the election, Florida Republicans took overt steps to make voting lines longer in Florida and to make voting harder, to make registering to vote harder even. Governor Rick Scott signed into law new requirements that made voter registration drives so legally perilous, that even the hearty League of Women voters gave up trying. Rick Scott cut early voting in Florida almost in half.
And when it became clear that Florida voters were facing eight-hour lines for early voting, Governor Rick Scott refused to put any of those lost days back.
Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to do anything to shorten the lines, even though not everybody could stand in the marathon lines that he and Florida Republicans created by policy. In the after-election studies of what happened this year, it is reported that at least 200,000 Florida voters ultimately gave up and walked away from the polls. They had to because of the lines.
At least 200,000 voters who wanted to vote who did not make it through the epic journey from the end of the line to the voting booth, at least 200,000, maybe more.
That did not happen by accident. Making voting harder was policy in Florida and in several other states as well. Republican-controlled states, because it was Republican policy.