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  1. Keita Kenyatta

    Keita Kenyatta Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - More than 13,000 ex-felons may be eligible to vote in Florida but don't know it because the notices the parole board mailed to them were returned as undeliverable, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday.
    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.
    The list was obtained under the state's public records law and included ex-felons whose Restoration of Civil Rights certificates were

    http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-florida-ex-felons-may-not-know-vote-010049338.html
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    From the article,
    Florida parole officials say they have followed protocol in attempting to notify qualified ex-felons that their rights have been restored. In most cases, forwarding addresses were not provided or were incorrect.
    In some cases, the agency made "multiple attempts" to make contact, but to no avail, said Tammy Salmon, a parole commission administrative assistant. In addition, the commission's website allows viewers to search to see if an ex-offender's rights have been restored.
    "We are going above and beyond to try to reach these folks," Salmon said.

    The way you have posted the article indicates that Florida has intentionally tried to disenfranchise the people, while the text of the article indicates other wise! I would think that either not providing a forwarding address or providing either an incorrect or nonexistent address would be the fault of the individual, not the state.
  3. Keita Kenyatta

    Keita Kenyatta Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Actually I posted what was in the North East West and South. Had Florida actually wanted to reach these people or make anything known, that's what they have NEWS for, RADIO for and TELEVISION for. If they wanted the people to know, they would have made it PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE like they do everything else.
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    bientempo Active Member MEMBER

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    I get it? its the mans fault not theirs. ok.
    What would public information look like? Attention if you have been a convicted felon you may be able to vote. Please contact your nearest voter registration, jaja
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    Keita Kenyatta Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Actually it would have looked more like this: The department of corrections in Florida today has issued a statement to those who may have been incarcerated informing them of their eligibility to participate in the voting process upon completion of their time. With Florida being one of many states that deny those incarcerated the right or privilege of voting, they are now taking steps to ensure that the public acknowledges the restitution of those rights immediately effective upon the completion of their sentences".

    HOW DOES THAT SOUND?:toast:
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    Lomf