- 7:21 pm - Fri, Aug 3, 2012
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Voting rights being ignored
Over 13,000 Floridians have had their right to vote restored but may not know it because the state hasn’t told them. The ACLU of Florida explains how people can discover if their rights have been restored. Check it out and share with anyone who might be impacted!
This week, we uncovered some troubling revelations about the suppression tactics employed by the legislature and Gov. Scott. Because of a public records request we sent last week, we discovered thousands of rights restoration notifications sitting in storage in Tallahassee having never reached their intended recipients.
As a result, there are over 13,000 Floridians who have regained the right to vote, but haven’t registered to vote because they may not know that they can.
Florida’s system of lifetime disfranchisement for former felons - worsened when Gov. Scott repealed the rights restoration reforms which the ACLU of Florida fought for in the Crist administration - is a key element in the ongoing saga of voter suppression in Florida.
This week’s revelations mean that not only did Gov. Scott roll back the reforms passed by his predecessor, but he won’t even help the Parole Commission inform citizens that their voting rights have been restored. There were no public announcements from the governor’s office to let people know these letters existed, and no effort to allocate enough resources to help the underfunded Parole Commission. These critical documents are simply gathering dust.
Learn more about the neglected letters and check your voting status