Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Florida: Nothing is Automatic!

The Board of Executive Clemency in the State has, in a 4-0 decision, rolled back state rules enacted just four years ago (under Charlie Christ) which had the effect of allowing more than 100,000 ex-felons to vote in 2008. Under the new rules, nonviolent offenders will have to wait five years after the conclusion of their sentences to apply for restoration of their civil rights. Violent offenders will have to wait at least seven years. A spokesperson for the State's Attorney  General says there is "philosophical" opposition to the "concept of automatic restoration of civil rights."  Critics, however, complain that the policy will "suppress" vote turnout. See story here and here.

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