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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Brennan Center for Justice Report on FL Ex-Felon Voting Rights


Florida may not gone through a hanging chad debacle during this presidential election, but a new report argues the state’s voter policies are “radically out of step” with the rest of the country in regards to how it treats ex-felons. The Brennan Center for Justice says more than 1.6 million residents have lost their right to vote in Florida for virtually the rest of their lives due to an antiquated voting ban for people with past felony convictions, which represents more than 10 percent of the state’s voting-age population. Ex-felons who’ve been released can’t vote, hold office or serve on a jury in Florida, and those who would like their voting rights back must petition before the governor and a …
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