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ACLU wants review of felons' voting rights

April 25, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the federal government to review a recent decision to end the automatic restoration of voting rights to nonviolent Florida felons once their sentences are up.

The ACLU sent its letter to the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday. It says that the decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet runs afoul of the federal Voting Rights Act. That law prohibits racially discriminatory practices in voting.

Scott and the Cabinet voted last month to require at least a five-year waiting period before ex-convicts can apply to get their rights back. The ACLU says the decision will disproportionately affect minorities.

A Justice Department spokeswoman in Washington said officials there are considering the letter and declined further comment.



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