Elections

Florida Adds 'Election Police' To List Of Reasons To Avoid Florida

Elections cops all set to respect Black people's rights just like regular cops do.

The Florida legislature, in a bid to steal the title of "national laboratory for bad government" from Texas's state Lege, voted Wednesday to give Gov. Ron DeSantis another item on his 2022 wish list. DeSantis pined in January for an entire law enforcement agency aimed at preventing election fraud, which is as extremely rare in Florida as anywhere else, and now he's got almost what he wanted, if downsized a bit.

DeSantis had requested that the Legislature spend $6 million to set up a new "Office of Election Crimes and Security," with a statewide staff of 53 employees and, we'd assume, full tactical gear so it can storm and subdue unruly voters who attempt to subvert the vote by giving water to old people waiting in line to vote. Instead, the Washington Post explains, the legislature gave him a $2.5 million squad that will have just 25 employees. The Post didn't offer details on what amount of the budget will be allocated to outfit each election cop with the most voter-intimidating mirrored sunglasses available.

As we noted when DeSantis first floated this awful idea, Florida's 2020 election fraud seems to have been limited to three retired folks from the Villages, all Republicans, who were charged with voting in both Florida and by absentee ballot in other states. We sure hope the new election cops can handle coming caseloads, with only eight or so cops per frauder instead of the 17 DeSantis wanted.

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Vote suppression

Arizona GOP Passes Another ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Voter Suppression Bill

We’re not so sure the current Supreme Court will smack this one down.

Arizona’s GOP-controlled House has passed a voter suppression bill that will require that voters provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote. House Bill 2492, also known as While Kyrsten Sinema Was Sleeping, will also prohibit elections officials from serving on hand counting teams.

PREVIOUSLY: Arizona GOP Officially Done With People Voting Against Republicans

Democrats have called out House Bill 2492 as a blatant voter suppression effort that’s clearly unconstitutional. (They still believe “unconstitutional” is a word that means something.)

Arizona Courthouse News reports:

"We've seen this in other states, and we've seen this here in Arizona," said state Representative Lorenzo Sierra, D-Avondale. "This bill, if we pass this here today, is not going anywhere. It's going to end up in the Supreme Court. And they're going to bat it back right at us like they've done time and time again.”

Rep. Lorenzo Sierra is adorable. He thinks the MAGA Supreme Court cares about precedent or the Constitution.

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Wonkette Weekend Live Chat Enters The Multiverse Of Madness

Things just got out of hand.

Welcome to another thrilling Wonkette Sunday live chat, where we examine select events of the past week and hope the Internet doesn’t fizz out on us.

There’s no big game this week, but I’m pretty sure Robyn has still made dip.

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Wonkette Weekend Live Chat Gonna Rock The Vote Like It’s 1992

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It’s the first Wonkette live chat of February, and to kick off sweeps month, we have a special guest. New York congressional candidate Maya Contreras is joining us to discuss voting rights, the upcoming midterms, and critical race theory panic, among other fun topics.

The fun starts at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. Please remember to like, share, subscribe, and all that jazz. Once we’re done, your open thread will commence.

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