Rep. Charlie Crist visits Gainesville on “Voting Rights Tour” as he campaigns for governor

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:42 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist visited Gainesville today on his statewide voting rights tour as he campaigns for governor. It’s all a part of his biggest focus, protecting the American people’s right to vote.

Crist is focusing his campaign on overturning, what he calls, a “voter suppression bill,” Senate Bill 90, which Governor DeSantis signed into law this year.

“They’re making it harder to vote. That’s anti-democratic, anti-democracy, frankly it’s anti-senior citizen too,” said Crist.

Crist held this meeting with UF college democrats to address voting options for students.

He said Florida held a smooth election in November, and that Senate Bill 90 is a solution in search of a problem.

“The notion that this is supposed to somehow increase security of voting, we already have it, we already have it,” said Crist. “What this is intended to do is to suppress voting, that’s why the governor wouldn’t invite the press when he signed the bill, except for who? Fox news and only fox news.”

Governor DeSantis said the bill protects election integrity and is not meant to stop anyone from voting legally.

Crist said while protecting the right to vote is his biggest priority, he also hopes to overturn other bills Governor DeSantis has signed if elected.

“Whether you’re black or white, whether you’re gay or straight, then you need to have a governor who won’t shut down LGBTQ rights the way the governor has done,” said Crist.

Right now The Florida Department of State website shows ten people are running for governor.

Nikki Fried, the state’s Agriculture Commissioner, and former Governor Crist are the big names running for the Democratic nomination.

Both are hoping to challenge incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis.

TV 20 asked Crist about the possible voter fraud committed by inmates at the Alachua County Jail and what should happen to school board member Diyonne McGraw; He said investigations should be fully completed before coming to a conclusion.

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