The case for ex-felon voting rights restoration | Gainesville.com
“March 2011, during their first meeting as the Clemency Board and at the urging of Attorney General Pam Bondi, Gov. Rick Scott and Florida’s three Cabinet members voted unanimously to implement arguably the most restrictive criteria in the nation for ex-felon civil rights restoration, requiring ex-felons to wait at least five years to apply after they completed their sentences, with no guarantee that such rights ultimately would be restored. Given the demographics of Florida’s prison population, the practical implications of this highly restrictive policy disproportionately impact minorities.”
Paranoia over a level playing field at the polls was not one of Charlie Crist’s flaws. He semi-automated the felon rights restoration process to save Florida taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while ensuring that minorities would be suitably franchised.
With only 78 felons having their rights restored under Rick Scott’s new process in calendar 2011, Florida is now – without question – the most Jim Crow state in the nation.
How humiliating to have my tax dollars serve nothing ahead of the most egregious poll tax to ever come down the pike.