Florida is one of only four states which permanently disenfranchise felons. It is estimated that 1.5 Million Floridians have been stripped of their right to vote and one in five African Americans in the state can’t vote. The process to get voting rights restored is arbitrary, prolonged, unfair, subject to the whim of the Governor and his partisan cronies and as a Federal Court Judge for the Northern District of Florida decided yesterday; unconstitutional.
In a 43 page opinion, which can be read here, Judge Mark Walker did the right thing in ruling against Governor Rick Scott and correcting a grievous wrong that has taken place in our state for far too long!
Both sides have until February 12th to submit briefs on how to correct the wrong. So it remains to see how quickly our population (and all former felons) will be restored, but yesterday’s victory was incredibly significant!