Rep. Allen West continues to make bizarre statements with no grounding in reality. He told a reporter for ThinkProgress that early voting, which has been reduced significantly in Florida, might be unconstitutional. He also makes a completely irrelevant comment about people thinking it’s an “entitlement.”
WEST: No, I think that when you look at our voting process here in the United States of America, it really comes down to you should be able to go out and vote on Election Day. If you cannot get out to vote on Election Day, you get an absentee ballot. I think that this early voting thing was something we provided and now some people see it as an entitlement, which is really not consistent with constitutional voting practices and procedures.
Uh, what? The Constitution says nothing at all about early voting, or about voting procedures at all. It’s up to each state to decide how it allows people to vote, as long as their actions don’t violate the Voting Rights Act or the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection.
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