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Senator blasts Fla. GOP elections bill

Associated Press / May 3, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE — Democratic US Senator Bill Nelson said yesterday that if Republican lawmakers get their way, some of the people who helped plan and carry out the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could lose their votes in Florida elections.

Nelson, who is seeking a third term next year, and state Democratic leaders say an election bill being pushed by Republicans will make it more difficult for some people to vote.

Nelson said that includes military personnel serving overseas.

Among the changes would be a requirement that absentee ballots are signed the same way as voter registration cards.

“Should we deny those very military that carried out this very successful decapitating of the Al Qaeda snake, should we deny them because they have signed their voter registration card in a different way than they signed their absentee ballot overseas?’’ Nelson said.

He said he is concerned that a vote could be lost if a William Jones signs his absentee ballot Sergeant Bill Jones.

Republicans say the bill passed by the House and waiting for Senate approval is an effort to prevent voter fraud.

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