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ACLU asks Justice Department to investigate Florida clemency changes

by Dara Kam | April 25th, 2011

The ACLU has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to find out whether Florida’s new clemency process negatively impacts minority voting rights.

The new rules, pushed by Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi and adopted by the all-GOP Florida Cabinet on March 9, require felons to wait at least five years before they can ask to have their civil rights, including the right to vote, restored.

The change will affect more than a million Floridians, many of whom are minorities, who make up half of the state’s prison population, according to The Sentencing Project.

The ACLU wants DOJ to review the new rules the Voting Rights Act.

“The changes were nothing more than a highly targeted effort to prevent a group of people – mostly minorities – from gaining access to the ballot box,” said Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida. “The changes, including the secretive and rushed process by which the rules were created, smack of raw politics and intentional, racially focused election manipulation – and it requires review by the Justice Department.”

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10 Responses to “ACLU asks Justice Department to investigate Florida clemency changes”

  1. Rick Scott Says:

    I thought that once you serve your time–that’s it. And now, they want to further punish them after release. We all know it is because of politics like everything else with these criminals in our state government. The fraudster, Rick Scott, is the ring-leader.

    And all this–to further the agenda of the wealthiest in this country–break unions, lower wages, hi-jack the American economy, drive it into the ditch, deregulate so they can industrially pollute our precious waterways and further pollute our air. They call it small business needed to survive. Funny how the largest private company in America is considered a small business by their definition. Koch brothers are the largest polluters and largest beneficiaries of all of the Tea-Party/Republican agenda. Billion dollar corporations pay nothng and the middle-class gets eliminated.

    Enjoy the corn-holing Florida. You retards elected this joke.

  2. cj Says:

    How about not commit crimes? then there would be no issue.

  3. nana41 Says:

    re: Enjoy the corn-holing Florida. You retards elected this joke.
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    Many of us did not vote for this retard so please don’t put us all in your comment.. Many of us were too smart to vote for him..

  4. Repubtallygirl Says:

    ACLU = Domestic Terrorists!

  5. npgator Says:

    ACLU will be the one defending the terrorists and then be the first ones executed by them.

  6. Big Johnson Says:

    As long as the US Constitution exists the ACLU will defend its content and application. There are too many who would deny equal access to Constitutional rights based on race, creed or socio-economic level.

  7. Lousy group Says:

    ACLU is a bunch of jerks. Thought they were a great group but have learned they are not out for everybody’s rights, just certain rights.

    Who funds the ACLU? The salaries for the ACLU totaled over $11,000,000. Who funds them?

  8. Unreal Says:

    Ironically enough the majority of the felons wouldn’t vote even if they could. Statistically they are the least educated people in society.

  9. GT Says:

    If you think the ACLU is about defending the Constitution your nuts. The DOJ wouldn’t defend against the Black Panther voter intimidation either. Find out who does fund the ACLU that would make an interesting story but it will never happen, unless of course if Glenn Beck does it.

  10. robert Says:

    If you don’t have the right to vote, then you have taxation without representation, which is what the REAL tea party was about. Born here, naturalized, you get to vote. Everybody’s in. Don’t like it? Vote to change it. Don’t let a politician make that decision. They come and go. Rights are too important to put in their hands.

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