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LWV Florida President, Deirdre Mcnab, appeared on MSNBC's Politics Nation with Al Sharpton to talk about restrictive third party voter registration laws in Florida. Earlier this year, the Florida League had to cease their voter registration activities, which they have performed without a problem for 72 years.
Under new laws, third parties who want to help register voters could face $5,000 fines, a third degree felony and up to 5 years in prison if they violate any of the broad provisions noted in the legal paperwork. Registering voters has been one of the most popular volunteer activities among Florida League members, but many members are not willing to take on the risk.
"This was a process that is as American as apple pie," Macnab said. "It's what people do who want to play a civic role in our government and help bring new eligible voters in. These new laws frighten people from registering voters."
And if that wasn't enough, later in the show, Sharpton hosted Florida State Representative Dennis Baxley (R), who sponsored the new, restrictive voter registration laws. Baxley spends the first ten minutes of the interview defending the laws as necessary to have "credible results", though he admits there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
He spends the last two minutes of the interview accusing the League of having partisan leanings and encouraging LWV Florida to "get over their angst" about the new voter registration laws.
You can watch the whole charming interview below.
Macnab returned to Politics Nation last night to respond to Rep. Baxley's accusations. You can watch that interview here.