Horrible stat of the day: 1 in 5 black Floridians can't vote because of felon disenfranchisement

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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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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.