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Miami-Dade elections office to close bathrooms on polling days

Instead of making restrooms disability-friendly, there will be no restrooms

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Pissing the Vote

Hey, you guys, democracy now requires a diaper, at least in Miami-Dade County. In the manner in which one clandestinely spots in their panties, the county election office exercised a drastic measure just months ago that would, wait for it, make sure that all bathrooms are closed during elections. That’s right, no digestion during voting, suffrage suffering, etc.

It may seem like a joke – and we do wish it were – but the move, according to online news source ThinkProgress, came in response to the quizzing of the elections department as to whether its facilities were fully accessible to handicapped people. So, as a result, somebody threw their hands up and said, “Close all the damn things, then,” instead of just building a ramp.

The bitter irony there is that Florida is known for its long voting lines, lines that are only likely to get longer should the governor get his way. And the darker the skin, the longer the lines, studies have shown. Though the move seems isolated to Miami-Dade for now, given the size of that county, the effect on democracy could be significant. Or it couldn’t. Guess it all Depends.

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