JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott says he wants to look at reforming early voting laws to allow for more days, hours, and shorter ballots. This comes just a couple years after he signed into law the very bill that cut down early voting days and hours.
We spoke to African-American voters at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on Friday and everyone said they were at the very least glad Governor Scott is going to review the early voting laws, but not everyone was convinced he's doing it for the right reasons.
"It's not surprising. I mean, in politics you have people that flip-flop back and forth all the time. It's just when they need a vote, who's going to support them in what they need to say at the moment is honestly how I feel...it's unfortunate that all this happened at such a time where we needed early voting.
Simmons told me flip-flopping is part of politics as usual, and while she’s glad to hear the governor wants to look into making the next election better, she thinks the Governor is doing whatever will put him in the best light with voters.
We also spoke with Sam Newby, chair of the Florida Assembly of Black Republicans. He says he's sure the governor did his homework after the election before he decided to change his mind.
"I'm sure Governor Scott talked with his cabinet and advisors and he chose to go the other way, so I think it's a good thing."
Mayor Alvin Brown weighed in too, saying he agrees with Scott's decision to review the laws.
"I think it's the right thing to do. The most important thing in democracy is you want to make sure people have an opportunity to vote. It's very different now in the 21st century and I think those 14 days make a big difference."
Congresswoman Corinne Brown unsuccessfully lead a lawsuit against the state hoping to reverse the changes to voting laws, saying that they put the African-American community at a disadvantage, especially the large number of black voters that traditionally go to the polls the Sunday before the election for "Souls to the Polls."