Former felons fight for voting rights in Florida

A Tampa man who had to wait 24 years after his conviction to vote tells his story to 10News.

TAMPA — Nearly 1.5 million Floridians won’t be able to vote in this year’s election because of a felony on their criminal record.   
The state does provide a path to restoring voting rights, but the process can often take years.
Demetrius Jenkins was arrested in 1992 on a felony drug charge and served 9.5 years in prison.
Jenkins turned his life around and started his own construction business. He also wanted the right to vote.
After years of waiting, Jenkins finally got confirmation his voting rights had been restored.  He was able to vote for the first time in 2016.
He sat down with 10News reporter Beau Zimmer to discuss why felons should get a second chance to vote.
Watch the video above.

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