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Election supervisors warn Florida is heading for disaster if it doesn’t change its voting laws: report

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Ron DeSantis of Florida speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore

On Tuesday, Politico reported that election officials in Florida are warning GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis that the state desperately needs changes to its election laws — or the coronavirus pandemic could cause a “presidential election meltdown.”

“The county officials — who issued the red alert on the same day Wisconsin held a disastrous primary amid widespread fears and irregularities due to the coronavirus — said the changes are needed to accommodate more absentee ballot voters, who could be scared away from the polls if the coronavirus outbreak persists into the August primary or the November general election,” wrote Gary Fineout.

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Levy County election supervisor Tammy Jones, president of the Florida Supervisors of Elections, warned that “Florida is not in a position, at this time, to conduct an all-mail ballot election this year.”

“In the March 17 presidential primary, Jones said, supervisors had trouble keeping poll workers, were forced to move polling locations and had difficulty keeping a supply of hand sanitizer available. More than 3 million voters cast ballots,” wrote Fineout. “Two poll workers in Broward County, an area prone to elections debacles, contracted the coronavirus.”

Among the changes requested by supervisors is to allow 22 days of early voting, with polls open all the way up until Election Day.

DeSantis, who has come under fire for his delays in issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order, has not yet responded to these requests.

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GOP lawmakers ‘look stupid’ backing off election year Supreme Court voting pledges: conservative

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On CNN Saturday, conservative Daily Beast editor Matt Lewis argued that an open Supreme Court seat could be a net positive for Republicans in the election — but acknowledged that it would make them "look stupid" to reverse their position on confirming a justice in an election year.

"How risky is this for these Republican senators to be so hypocritical?" asked anchor Fredricka Whitfield.

"I don't think it's very risky," said Lewis. "They've been very hypocritical for a long time now on a lot of things, and this will not be a new development. I think they will be hypocrites on this, and I think they will vote for a nominee and I don't think it's going to matter for most of them. Ted Cruz in Texas, you know, Marco Rubio, most of these folks aren't up. Lindsey Graham is up for re-election, I don't think this is going to hurt him in South Carolina. So basically I think they skate on this. They look stupid, I don't think it actually hurts them."

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Lindsey Graham blames Ginsburg replacement vote hypocrisy on Democrats’ treatment of Kavanaugh

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In a five-part tweet attempting to explain away his about-face over agreeing to move promptly forward with replacing the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just weeks before a presidential election, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) put the onus on Democrats because of the way they treated now-Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate hearings.

Faced with a flood of criticism over his apparent hypocrisy after saying in 2016 he would hold a Republican president to the same standard he did former President Barack Obama, Graham fired off a tweetstorm intended to deflect criticism.

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Chuck Schumer serves notice to Republicans: ‘Nothing is off the table’ if they force Ginsburg replacement vote

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On Saturday, according to CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Democrats that "nothing is off the table for next year" if Republicans ram through a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the election.

NEW: During a 1pm conference call of @SenateDems, aides say @SenSchumer told his colleagues: “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year. Nothing is off the table.”

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