BY BUDDY NEVINS
State Sen. Eleanor Sobel has a new task force which she hopes will end the long lines and insure votes will be counted quickly in the future.
But it appears that any recommendations from the Broward Elections Task Force will have a Democratic slant.
The committee is dominated by Democrats.
The question is this: Will any suggestions from this task force be acceptable to the Republicans in charge of the Legislature?
Not only is the new task force led by Sobel, who to the left of the mainstream in Tallahassee. It also includes some of the most partisan Democrats she could find.
For instance, the strategist who led Barack Obama’s campaign to victory in Florida is a member. Ashley Walker was the Florida director of Obama for America and is a Broward resident.
Also on the task force is Larry Davis, a veteran Hollywood-based Democratic operative who was part of Obama’s Florida legal team. And there is state Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood, who is surely one of the most liberal members of the Florida House.
Other notable Democratic members are County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, Mayor Mike Ryan of Sunrise and Commissioner Bobby DuBose of Fort Lauderdale.
There are two Republican activists on the task force – County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Shane Strum, former Broward Republican chair and chief-of-staff for Gov. Charlie Crist who now works for Keiser University.
County Court Judge Ed Merrigan, a Republican, is also a member. As a judge he is not supposed to be involved in politics.
Rounding out the group are two professors – Kevin Wagner of Florida Atlantic University and Robert Watson of Lynn University.
If you remove the professors from list (although from their public comments, they probably appear more Democratic than Republican to some.) and include Merrigan among the GOP partisans, the Ds still outnumber the Rs two-to-one.
The Broward Elections Task Force will meet for the first time Monday at 5 p.m. at the County Commission Chambers, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
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