Florida Felons Can Now Vote

Posted Apr 5, 2007 1:04 PM CDT

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Most Florida felons will have their voting and other civil rights restored after release from prison under a rule approved today by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and the state clemency board.

Felons had been required to go before the board to get their civil rights restored -- a process that can take years, the Associated Press reports.

Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum was the lone dissenter on the four-person board.

"Florida is one of three states -- the others are Kentucky and Virginia -- that still deprive felons of civil rights for life. Most other states automatically restore felons' rights when they complete their sentences, probation or parole." the news service reports.


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