Which national Republican strategist decided it was a good idea to make the ethically impaired and extremely unpopular Governor of Florida the public face of GOP vote suppression efforts?
Several polls have shown now that Rick Scott would lose in 2014 if Charlie Crist became a Democrat and ran against him but our newest survey finds that Democrats might not need that high of a profile candidate to knock off Scott, at least if he remains this unpopular. 5% of voters in the state have a positive opinion of State Senator Nan Rich. Only 14% have even heard of her. And despite that she still leads Scott by 12 points in a hypothetical match up, 47-35.
Obviously that finding has a lot more to do with Scott than it does with Rich. His approval rating has sunk back down to 31%, with 56% of voters disapproving of him.
One thing that hasn’t done his popularity any favors lately is his push to eliminate some people from the voter rolls. Only 34% of voters approve of that effort to 50% who disagree with it.
Scott is at 31% approval and 34% approve of the voter purge effort. In other words, the GOP base.
The League of Women Voters and Rock The Vote will resume voter registration drives in Florida, less than one week after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against the state of Florida for a 2011 law that imposed difficult timetables and the prospect of large fines on groups registering voters.
“As Judge Hinkle recognized, when organizations like LWVF and RTV conduct voter registration drives they are engaging in constitutionally protected activity that promotes democracy,” said Lee Rowland, their attorney said Wednesday. “We are extremely pleased that the court’s initial ruling allows our clients to restart those efforts.”
Both groups ceased their efforts, but sued in federal court. Last week, a judge agreed with the League and RTV that the restrictions placed undue burdens on voter registration groups and temporarily stayed the law. While it is not yet known if the state will appeal, the court ruling allows the groups to resume registering voters before Florida’s August congressional primaries.