Sunday, November 06, 2016

AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION IN FLORIDA

In most states in the USA once you have served your sentence you can vote.

But not in Florida.

And the majority of felons are African-American.

And the Governor of Florida is a Republican, Rick Scott.

While most states don’t allow incarcerated felons to vote, Florida is one of three states that also bars those felons from voting, even after they have served their sentence. In total, there are nearly six million disenfranchised felons in the country, according to a 2015 study conducted by the Sentencing Project, meaning that Florida is home to a quarter of them.

It should come as no surprise that African Americans and other minorities are disproportionately affected by this voter suppression effort.

Since Florida is once again expected to be a key state in this election with just a few thousand voters deciding the outcome, it is also apparent that these disenfranchised voters could probably have stopped Donald Trump from winning the state — and the presidency.

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