Florida leads in denying ex-felons voting rights

9:43 AM, Apr 14, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Changes under Republican Gov. Rick Scott are making it more difficult for Florida's former felons to get their voting rights restored.

Hundreds of thousands of ex-felons can't vote in Florida because their rights haven't been restored although they've completed their sentences, often many years ago.

Civil liberties activists say Florida's rights restoration rules are the most restrictive in the nation and suppress the Democratic-leaning minority vote.

The percentage of blacks in Florida's prison system is nearly double the overall percentage of blacks who are Floridians, meaning a higher percentage of African-Americans are unable to vote.

Critics say Republicans have political motivations for making it more difficult for ex-felons to vote.

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