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Ending Felon Disenfranchisement in Florida

Title: Ending Felon Disenfranchisement in Florida

Summary:

A resolution of support for the automatic restoration of voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after they have completed all terms of their sentences.

Resolution Language:

WHEREAS, Florida disenfranchises more than ten percent of its voting-age population and more than twenty percent of its African-American voting-age population. This injustice is not a representation of the party’s platform and ultimately deprives more than 1.5 million Floridians. Florida remains as one of few states to permanently disenfranchise returning citizens, unless they receive clemency;

WHEREAS, the majority of our country is in favor of restoring endowed rights to felons and the American Probation and Parole Association is in favor of ending felon disenfranchisement. FDP supports restoring these rights, post-sentence and facilitating the rehabilitation and reintegration of returning citizens into their communities;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Florida Democratic Party supports the automatic restoration of voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after they have completed all terms of their sentence (including parole and probation).