August 18, 2017

By Reggie Garcia

Tampa Bay Times: Tiger Bay panel: End permanent revocation of voting rights for convicted felons

A panel of elected officials and advocates including Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren argued in a forum Friday that Florida should end its practice of permanently revoking the voting rights of people convicted of felonies. 

But getting that done, they said, will take a constitutional amendment given the reluctance of the state Cabinet and Legislature to act on the issue. 

The American Civil Liberties Union has pledged $5 million help pass the measure, which could include paying signature gatherers — the only realistic way the requirement could be met, said panelist Reggie Garcia, a lawyer who specializes in clemency cases.

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