Senator announces details of voting rights hearing, invites Scott to testify
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has announced the details of his subcommittee’s first field hearing into the controversial elections laws passed this year — the event is set to take place in Tampa, Fla., on Fri., Jan. 27. Durbin has also written a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting him to testify at the hearing.
Durbin, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, will be conducting the investigation, “New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?” just days shy of Florida’s GOP presidential primary. The hearing was requested by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in order to determine whether Florida’s new restrictions were part of “an orchestrated effort to disenfranchise voters.”