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Intersection: Restoring Voting Rights

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US District Judge Mark Walker described Florida’s disenfranchisement of felons who have served their time as ‘nonsensical’.

Judge Walker’s comments came in a ruling on a lawsuit brought on behalf of nine felons who were denied the right to vote after completing their sentences.

The governor’s office issued a statement that Governor Scott believes “convicted felons should show that they can lead a life free of crime and be accountable to their victims and our communities.

Meanwhile an initiative spearheaded by an organization based in Orlando has the signatures it needs to get on the ballot in November.

Joining Intersection to discuss the issue are Jon Sherman, Senior Counsel at the Fair Elections Legal Network, Devin Coleman, communications director with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Darryl Paulson, emeritus professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Roger Clegg, president and general counsel with the conservative think tank, the Center for Equal Opportunity also joins the conversation. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »