FL lawmaker’s ‘radical’ cure for uninformed voting: You ‘have to be a property owner’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 14:26 EDT
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Ted Yoho speaks in a YouTube video
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Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) has warned that uninformed voting is as dangerous as a “loaded gun,” and that one solution could be allowing only “property owners” to vote.

In a 2012 video of Yoho campaigning at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida published by Right Wing Watch on Tuesday, a supporter complains that Floridians who cast absentee ballots were “destroying elections.”

The supporter argues that earlier voting is also an “avenue for illegal voting.”

“It really is,” Yoho agrees. “I can’t remember which founding father said it, but he said, the ability to vote, but vote uninformed is as tragic or as dangerous as having a loaded gun and not know how to use it.”

The then-candidate notes that Gov. Rick Scott (R) had already slashed early voting days in half, but he wanted it to see it cut even more.

“It’s a privilege to vote,” he opines. “Yeah, it may be inconvenient. But, you know, it’s like I tell people and I was told growing up: To be successful is inconvenient. If not, everybody would be successful.”

“We used to have a day off to vote, but they took that away from us!” one supporter exclaims. “For Martin Luther King holiday, and who could argue with that. I think it’s a government conspiracy.”

“I’ve had some radical ideas about voting,” Yoho adds. “You used to have to be a property owner to vote.”

Watch the video below from Right Wing Watch.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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