More than a fifth of black Floridians and a tenth of the state’s total population aren’t allowed to vote because of the state’s prohibition on voting by former felons, the highest rate of disenfranchisement in the nation, according to an advocacy group study.
The study was done by The Sentencing Project, a non-profit think tank on criminal justice issues that advocates policies allowing former convicts to regain their voting rights.
It estimated that 23 percent of the state’s adult black population, and 10.4 percent of the total voting age population, are disenfranchised by loss of civil rights as result of criminal convictions. The vast majority of those are what the report calls “ef-felons,” those convicted of a felony who have served their sentences and completed any required parole, probation or restitution.
By comparison, national rates of disenfranchisement are 7.7 percent for blacks, and 2.5 percent for the overall population.
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