Nelson accuses GOP in Florida of voter suppression

“I asked the governor to extend voting hours on the Sunday before the Tuesday election since there were long lines then,” Nelson said. “The governor wouldn’t do it. … Some people waited seven hours to vote.”

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Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Leahy wants Judiciary hearing on Yahoo Overnight Cybersecurity: FBI probes possible hack of Dems' phones | Trump's '400-pound hacker' | Pressure builds on Yahoo | Poll trolls run wild MORE (D-Vt.) joined Nelson on the Senate floor, saying the new voter laws in Florida were "shameful" and "illegal."

“It tears my heart apart to hear of this kind of suppression,” Leahy said. “Everyone should have the right to vote. If we lose those rights, we lose our souls as Americans.”

Despite the long lines, Nelson won reelection on Nov. 6.