Women have been fighting for more than 150 years for the right to vote. The Manatee County League of Women Voters has visited schools to educate students on the importance of voting and elections.
I hope we're not going back to the dark ages of voter restrictions. The recent elected Supervisor of Elections, Mike Bennett, is ranking Manatee County in the national scene of voter suppression battlements, using the excuse of saving money.
We never had these problems before. There should not be a price tag for the precincts. Mr. Bennett doesn't encourage voting; he's making it harder for certain areas.
We have a chance in the upcoming Nov. 4 election to change that, by electing new individuals who don't believe in Bennett's way. The current District 6 commissioner calls him a mentor.
Let us not forget Bennett sponsored the bill to gut the Growth Management Act and not to restore the Everglades when he was a state senator. It led to the removal of Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Perhaps that is why Carlos Beruff believed he could develop Long Bar Pointe with no problems.