Voter Suppression: Is Mayor Carlos Gimenez Like Fidel Castro?

On the last Saturday of early voting, my wife and I stood in a line that went around the corner of the precinct for almost three hours to cast our ballots. It was a hot, unpleasant experience. We were lucky, considering thousands of people at various early-voting sites in Miami-Dade County had to wait five, six, or more hours to vote. Some even cast their ballots well after midnight. It was all part of Gov. Rick Scott's ploy to discourage Barack Obama supporters from going to the polls.

Then on Sunday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez tried to join in on the voter suppression. Elections supervisor Penelope Townsley told a couple hundred people they could vote, but Gimenez tried to stop them. Those voters had to wait an hour before the mayor finally relented.

I would expect these kinds of tactics from Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro, but not from elected officials in the United States of America. Considering that a majority of citizens in Miami-Dade have fled countries where stolen elections are the norm, you'd expect Gimenez, as well as every mayor of the county's 35 municipalities, to fight so that every citizen can cast a ballot. If I, like the mayor, had fled Communist Cuba, I would take pride in telling the governor to shove it and opening the polls to the public.

But Republicans like Gimenez and Scott benefit from voter fraud and suppression. So they do nothing.

Now, Florida is once again the national laughingstock during a presidential election. I'm sick and tired of watching CNN, the Washington Post, and other national news outlets cover our state like its a banana republic. The voter intimidation got so bad that the U.S. Department of Justice had to monitor early voting in Miami-Dade.

When the Sunshine State is in the national spotlight, we need to do everything possible to make the election a smooth and easy process. Instead, Scott and Gimenez are destroying our democracy.

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hlain9152
hlain9152 topcommenter

How the hell do I quit getting e-mails from this thread? I keep hitting "unfollow" and it doesn't help. I am sick of hearing abouty the fucking election. Obama won so it must have been the will of the majority so I'm ok with that.

 

By the way cubanogm, I agree with you, Florida is a backwards assed banana republic who apparently, like most banana republics, wishes to become communist or at best, socialist. I live in Florida and I question whether or not anyone in this state should even be allowed to vote. I am proud to say though that my home state, where I was born and raised and lived for most of my life, Indiana, did NOT vote for socialism. Now tell me all about how Indiana is a bunch of ignorant farm hicks, since I'm sure that you probably don't have anything good to say about them either. By the way, if you hate the US so badly, I'm sure uncle Fidel would love to have you back.

cubanogm
cubanogm

Florida is not only the hemorrhoid of the USA but it is the northernmost banana republic.It is so accepted by everybody in the world.Things in Florida does not function as in the rest of the USA but just like they do south of the border.Politics are dirtier.Billionaires blackmail Commissioners when they do not like the elections results (Braman vs Miami-Dade County Commissioners) and taxpayers money is foolishly spend in projects that benefits the few specially politicians and their donors.So yes,Florida and specially South Florida is a BANANA REPUBLIC.

peterperez1976
peterperez1976

I say this as a Cuban American , but most cubans have a little tyrant in us.

hlain9152
hlain9152 topcommenter

By the way, Hugo Chavez is a publicly avowed supporter of Barrack Obama.

 

hlain9152
hlain9152 topcommenter

How is this an attempt to discourage Obama supporters from voting? Do they not have the same chance to vote as Romney supporters? Are you saying that Obama supporters are too lazy to stand in line whereas Romney supporters are not? What are you trying to say about your own people in this respect? I would really like to see your answer to this question.

PaulL
PaulL

Voter suppression tactics are clearly aimed at preventing the Democratic majority in this country (63million Democrats vs 47 million Republicans) to get out and vote. These tend to be people who don't have nannies to watch the kids, the flexibility to take a 3 hour corporate lunch, or who can't afford to take a day off  to stand in line for 7 hours and vote because they might not get paid.  

 

With all of the technological advancements in today's modern age, it's ridiculous for anyone to have to wait 7 hours to exercise a basic right. Let's also not forget the fact that our good Republican Governor, who has a 39% approval rating by the way, did not want to keep the amount of early voting days at 14 and had them cut down to 8.

 

Still having trouble understanding what Luke is saying?

 

Signed,

 

A "lazy", white-collared Democrat who stood in line for 4 hours on Friday to vote early due to the flexibility provided by his corporate employer.        

run.randrand
run.randrand

THE"CORPORATE BENEFICENCE " SURELY-YOU JEST, SIR??! WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH! CORPORATE HATES LABOR AND DEMOCRATS SO BLATANTLY SHAMELESS-IT TOOK THE FULL BASE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO MUZZLE THAT RABID DOG!!! 

hlain9152
hlain9152 topcommenter

 @PaulL

 Yes, I'm still having trouble understand what Luke is saying. The voting hours are the same for Democrats and Republicans so he makes no sense. I am not saying that Democrats are too lazy to stand in line, Luke is implying that with his racist ranting. You are right, no one, Democrat or Republican, should have to stand in line for 7 hours to vote but it's not a racial issue, it applies equally to all parties. I'm sick of Luke whipping out the race card on EVERYTHING. He's no better than the KKK with his hatred of whites. As long as there are people like him, or like quite a few other blacks and whites, we are never going to get along.

 

Thanks for taking the time to vote on friday. I voted today, on election day, and there was NO line and I was in and out in 10 minutes. I live in a predominantly black neighborhood and I didn't see a problem.

cubanogm
cubanogm

 @hlain9152  @PaulL

 There are more democrats than republicans so the most affected are democrats.GET IT.Typical banana republic inhabitant thinking.

 
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