The former head of Florida Republican Party Jim Greer has claimed that a law shortening the early voting period in the state was deliberately designed to suppress voting among groups that tend to support Democratic candidates.
"The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates," Greer told the Palm Beach Post.
"It's done for one reason and one reason only...'We've got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,'" she added.
According to the Huffington Post, the HB 1355 law was passed by Florida's Republican legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott on November 2011, cut the number of early voting days from 14 to eight.
It was publicly sold as an effort to reduce voter fraud and to save money, but Greer said that this was simply a 'marketing ploy'.
Greer served as Florida's GOP chairman from 2006 until 2010 when he was forced to resign after allegedly stealing money from the party. He was arrested and his case is pending.
According to the report, he said that also acknowledged that the effort to restrict early voting would directly affect turnout among Florida's African Americans, a demographic that consistently supports Democrats.
"The sad thing about that is yes, there is prejudice and racism in the party but the real prevailing thought is that they don't think minorities will ever vote Republican," he said. (ANI)