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Florida’s executive clemency board (L to R: Attorney General Pam Bondi; Governor Rick Scott; Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam; Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.) Photo: Renata Sago, WMFE.
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For Florida’s former ex-convicts, getting back right to vote takes years

More than 5 million of the nation’s formerly convicted felons, under current laws, will not be able to cast ballots in next year’s presidential election. And Florida is now home to the highest number of them. Nearly ten percent of the state’s eligible voters are ex-offenders. To get back their right to vote, they must go before a clemency board. It’s a strict process that can take years. 90.7’s Renata Sago watched the board at work in Tallahassee this week and shares her reporting with All Things Considered host Crystal Chavez.
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