Convicted felons in Florida want statewide database to determine voting eligibility

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Central Florida group, run primarily by former convicted felons, wants a statewide database to determine voting eligibility.

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This comes after several former convicted felons were charged or arrested after registering to vote.

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The executive director of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition said the state’s voter system for former convicted felons is confusing.

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“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.

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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.

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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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