In Florida, A Felony Conviction is Forever When It Comes to Voting


Number of felons who have completed their sentences or been paroled and had their voting rights restored in Florida under Gov. Rick Scott (R/Tea) in 2011. By contrast, in 2007 when Charlie Crist (R/NPA) was governor, 38,871 former felons were allowed to vote again. The Florida Parole Commission has a current backlog of 21,197 applications even as a study by FPC showed that ex-felons whose civil rights are restored are less likely to re-offend.

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  1. Peter Schorsch September 23, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Hey Trish — do you have a source for this stat? I am going to list you all, but I would love to see the original source.

  2. Trish Ponder September 23, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    Peter, I was using an article in the Sept. 18 – 24 issue of Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly, which quotes FSU professor Mark Schlakman, senior program director at the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. Here’s the full article:

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