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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:53 pm 
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Florida Voters Can Finally Kill Racist, 150-Year-Old Felon Voting Ban

Florida's law denying the right to vote to anyone ever convicted of a felony is racist. Full stop. It was passed in 1868 by white-supremacist lawmakers enraged at the 14th Amendment, knowing full well that a crooked criminal justice system would ensure far more blacks than whites would be stamped with lifetime voting bans. And it's been kept in place by craven politicians who benefit when minorities are denied the most basic right of casting a vote.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/flori ... t-10019784


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:37 pm 
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Yeah. BTW, Charlie Crist reformed this law in 2007, then Gov. Skeletor eliminated his reforms & put it back in 2011.

The only other 3 states that do things the way Floriduh does are Iowa, Kentucky, and (to some extent) Virginia. Just about every other state that does some form of post-felon disenfranchisement is in the South.

Quel surprise.

One speaker at the Miami Women's March spent almost all her time about this initiative being on the ballot.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:35 pm 
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Looks like a Florida justice took first crack at this.

Judge strikes down Florida system for restoring felons’ voting rights
U.S. District Mark Walker said Florida's voter restoration process unfairly relies on the personal support of Gov. Rick Scott.
http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politic ... ng-rights/

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said the Florida "scheme" unfairly relies on the personal support of the governor for citizens to regain the right to vote. In a strongly-worded ruling, he called the state's defense of voter disenfranchisement "nonsensical," a withering criticism directed at Gov. Rick Scott, the lead defendant in the case.

"Florida strips the right to vote from every man and woman who commits a felony," Walker wrote. "To vote again, disenfranchised citizens must kowtow before a panel of high-level government officials over which Florida's governor has absolute veto authority. No standards guide the panel. Its members alone must be satisfied that these citizens deserve restoration … The question now is whether such a system passes constitutional muster. It does not."

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Scott's actions in 2011 reversed a policy under which many felons, not including murderers and sex offenders, had their rights restored without application process and hearings. That streamlined process was instituted in 2007 by former Gov. Charlie Crist, then a Republican and now a Democratic member of Congress.

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Well, Justice Walker, I like your reasoning. Yeah, we don't have kings here. Nobody needs to go before King Skeletor and beg the monarch of Florida for their voting rights to be restored.

Nice work.

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