Deal Close for Mail-in Florida Revote

Nelson, Crist push soft-money do-over
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2008 1:20 PM CST
Deal Close for Mail-in Florida Revote
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, left, and Gov. Charlie Crist, seen in a file photo. Nelson and Crist are working on a deal for a Florida revote. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)   (Associated Press)

Floridians will get a chance to vote again in the Democratic primary, this time by mail, if Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Charlie Crist have their way. Nelson tells Newsweek that plans are all but set for a re-vote, this time paid for by soft money donations. But hurdles remain, including what Nelson’s spokesman calls a “tiny” Florida law against mail-in voting.

Even if Florida’s legislature bypasses that law, election supervisors will still have to work out the logistics, and the candidates would have to agree to it. Nelson swears he’s not just trying to deliver delegates for Clinton, whom he supports. “My job is clear,” he says. “It’s to stand up for the right of Floridians to vote as intended.” (Read more Florida primary stories.)

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