The Republican assault on voting in Florida has been relentless, so much so that one law-maker suggested that the state screen all “Hispanic-speaking people” for citizenship prior to voting.

Sen. Alan Hays, (R-Umatilla) made the comments to the Senate committee reviewing a series of congressional redistricting plans. One plan would create a Hispanic-majority district to reflect the state’s surging Puerto Rican population. In response Hays said “before we design a district anywhere in the state of Florida for Hispanic voters, we need to ascertain that they are citizens of the United States. We all know there are many Hispanic-speaking people in Florida that are not legal, and I just don’t think it’s right that we try to draw a district that encompasses people that really have no business voting anyhow.”

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