ORLANDO, Fla. — A Central Florida group, run primarily by former convicted felons, wants a statewide database to determine voting eligibility.
This comes after several former convicted felons were charged or arrested after registering to vote.
The executive director of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition said the state’s voter system for former convicted felons is confusing.
“As any American citizen, returning citizens have paid their debt and moved on with their lives, and they have a right to participate and have a say in how are democracy is ran, and they should not be scared into doing so,” said Desmond Meade, executive director of the FRRC.
Florida currently has no database or one-stop system in place to give former convicted felons information about their voting eligibility or flag those who attempt to register to vote by mistake before penalties are handed down.
FRRC led Amendment 4, the constitutional amendment campaign that restored voting rights for 1.4 million people with felony convictions in Florida back in 2018.
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