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Nelson: State Elections Directive Aimed at Suppressing Voting

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US Senator Bill Nelson wants a Justice Department review of a state directive limiting where voters can drop off absentee ballots. The Central Florida Democrat sent a letter Thursday to Attorney General Eric Holder.

He says the directive is an attempt to suppress voting in a congressional primary election next month in Pinellas County.

"I mean it's so patently obvious that is an attempt to suppress the vote in Pinellas County", said Nelson

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued the directive that elections supervisors accept absentee ballots only at their offices and not remote locations.

Detzner's office issued a statement that the secretary wants, quote, "100 percent of voters to vote and zero percent fraud. We are working toward both of these goals."

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