Posted Apr 05, 2007 06:04 pm CDT
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.