Manatee County elections supervisor makes good case for poll closures

February 21, 2014 

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Manatee County Supervisor of Elections and former state Sen. Mike Bennett speaks during the recent Gulf Coast Builders Exchange annual dinner at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch.File photo/PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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I was heartened to read in Sunday's Herald that the Manatee supervisor of elections had responded to the strident criticism of his handling of local voting precincts. I hope many others also read the very realistic and economically sensible opinion.

There will always be those that "cry foul" whatever the situation, but the fact remains that if one is really determined to vote, one would happily walk a mile barefoot to the nearest polling station -- and then still not be put off by a long wait in line.

What with mail-in ballots and early voting, it has never been easier to do so, especially for working or ultra busy folk.

Of far more import is that a voter is legally registered can show identification and also be able to fill in a ballot without assistance by reading English. Voters should not have to be coerced or bribed into voting.

D.W. Rooken-Smith

Ellenton

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