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Florida legislator makes restoring felon voting rights about race
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Florida legislator makes restoring felon voting rights about race

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orida’s lifetime ban preventing former felons from voting has been overturned, and now Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet have been ordered to replace the existing voter restoration rights system by April 26.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled in favor of the Fair Elections Legal Network after they filed suit against the state last year, pressing the state to redraw the current clemency system.

Scott’s spokesman John Tupps release the governor’s office’s defense of the existing system:

“Officials elected by Floridians, not judges, have the authority to determine Florida’s clemency process for convicted felons… “This is outlined in Florida’s Constitution and has been in place for more than a century and under multiple gubernatorial administrations.”

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Tupps then added that Scott “believes that people who have been convicted of felony offenses, including crimes like murder, violence against children and domestic violence, should demonstrate that they can live a life free of crime while being accountable to our communities.”

But while the restoration of rights for felons who have already done their time in prison appears to be widely supported, the issue has become centered on race.

Convicted felons come from races, but the overwhelming majority are black. Because of this statistic, legislators from around the country have pointed at the criminal court system as being a system that unfairly targets African Americans.

Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D) just echoed that sentiment by invoking “Jim Crow” in her latest tweet regarding this federal court ruling in Florida.

A measure of restoring felon’s rights will already be on the ballot later this year after some 1 million Floridians signed a petition to restore felon’s rights.

Considering its popularity, the measure should pass when Floridian’s go to vote in November.

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Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes Floridianpress.com, Judicialpost.com, shark-tank.com, and Hispolitica.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]

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