Manatee County Board of Commissioners Reduce Precincts from 99 to 69

Florida Manatee county Republican controlled Board of Commissioners voted to reduce the number of Precincts from 99 to 69.  This appears to be another attempt by Republicans obstruct voters and rig elections

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Republican Mike Bennett

Republican Mike Bennett, in his first term as elections supervisor, proposed reducing the number of Manatee County precincts from 99 to 69. Citing decreased Election Day turnout, as more voters switch to in-person early voting and vote-by-mail options, he told the commissioners that the move would save money and allow the county to offer more early voting sites in the future.

While serving in the Florida Senate, Republican Mike Bennett endorsed making it hard to vote: “I wouldn’t have any problem making it harder. I would want them to vote as badly as I want to vote. I want the people of the state of Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who’s willing to walk 200 miles…This should not be easy.” He made that comment as he supported a voter suppression bill that reduced the number of days for early voting in Florida and helped create long lines across the state.  [Source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/11/3278101/florida-county-reduces-minority-precincts/

If you find this reprehensible, call them and tell them what you think.

Manatee Board of County Commissioners
P. O. Box 1000, Bradenton, FL 34206-1000
1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 748-4501

Republican voter obstruction is one of the many reasons ALL Republicans need to be voted out of office