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Advocates call for repeal of Florida’s ban on automatic restoration of voting rights for ex-felons

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Florida is one of only three states in the nation where felons and ex-felons permanently lose their right to vote, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.  So on the last day to register to vote in the August 30 primary election, advocates throughout the Sunshine State called for a repeal of that law on Monday. “The voting ban is the single most powerful voter suppression tactic in the country,” said Dr. Joyce Hamilton Henry, Director of Advocacy for the ACLU of Florida, at a…

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Darryl Paulson: It’s time to let more felons vote in Florida

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Few things divide voters more than giving criminals the right to vote, even if they are former criminals. The issue will likely receive additional attention with the decision by Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to use his executive power to extend voting rights to all 206,000 felons in his state. Even murderers, rapists and other violent felons will have their voting rights restored. Critics raise several objections. First, they say the governor, acting alone, does not have the authority to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.25.15 – And now there are 2 states who don’t automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons

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Outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday immediately restoring voting rights to more than 100,000 ex-felons convicted of nonviolent offenses. “This disenfranchisement makes no sense,” Beshear, a Democrat, said in his announcement. “It makes no sense because it dilutes the energy of democracy, which functions only if all classes and categories of people have a voice, not just a privileged, powerful few. It makes no sense because it defeats a primary goal of our corrections system, which is to rehabilitate…

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