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 LeahySanders, liberals press Obama to expand closure of private prisons Police union: Clinton snubbed us Congress saving the past for the future 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.

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