TALLAHASSEE, Florida | (Reuters) – According to the American Civil Liberties Union, more than 13,000 ex-felons may be eligible to vote in Florida but don’t know it because the notices (Restoration of Civil Rights certificates) the parole board mailed to them were returned as undeliverable.
The civil rights group raised the concern after analyzing more than 17,000 names of ex-felons who had their voting rights automatically restored by the Florida Parole Commission.
Florida is one of a minority of U.S. states that does not automatically restore civil rights once a felon has completed a sentence.
In PA, inmates are barred from voting during the course of their prison term. In NJ, offenders are barred from voting while in prison and while on probation/ parole. To locate your state law on this topic see: Voting as an Ex-Offender | Other State by State Data and Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States (PDF)
For full article see: Thousands of Florida ex-felons may not know they can vote | Reuters.
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