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reprehensor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:21 PM
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Florida is purging voters again.
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200...

The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
Florida elections officials have ordered local supervisors to begin purging their voter rolls of felons - an election-year directive that some say would remove up to 40,000 people, many of them likely black Democrats.

The issue of felon voting surfaced from Florida's 2000 presidential election recount, a five-week odyssey that resulted in George W. Bush's capturing the White House.

Bush won Florida's pivotal 25 electoral votes in 2000 by 537 votes out of more than 6 million cast in the state.

Critics said Florida used out-of-state lists to purge former felons, taking their voting rights away although they had been restored in the state where the crimes had been committed. Florida is among a handful of states that does not automatically restore voting rights of convicted criminals once they leave prison.

Others complained that they were erroneously purged from the rolls because their name was identical or similar to a felon. Critics said blacks were disproportionately affected.

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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:23 PM
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1. They are trying to bring this to the whole country
truly scary folks... distribute to your Emial lists
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:24 PM
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2. I've never really understand this - Voting is a right - not a privelege
I suppose I can understand why felons actively in jail can't vote - but I never understand why ex-felons cannot. What has this never been challenged at the Supreme Court?

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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:26 PM
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3. Can these people cast provisional ballots?
If they argue right up to election day that they are wrongly being listed as felons, can they cast a ballot for later qualification?
Seems to me they should.


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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:29 PM
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4. This was posted earlier
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