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Florida Gives 16,000 Felons Voting Rights
NewsMax.com ^ | June 13, 2007

Posted on 06/14/2007 2:05:06 AM PDT by Man50D

The state has automatically restored voting rights to nearly 16,000 felons in the two months since a rules change that Republican Gov. Charlie Crist sought to help parolees re-establish themselves, his office said Wednesday.

That compares to fewer than 14,000 former offenders that had their rights restored without a hearing in the year before the changes, which allow the Florida Parole Commission to restore those rights without a hearing.

"They're having great success and it will only get better as we move along," Crist said. "I'd always rather have more, but I'm pleased with the progress and look forward to it accelerating."

Crist pushed the clemency board, which is made up of him and the state's three Cabinet members, to allow the commission to give voting rights back to more felons who have completed their sentences. Murderers and sex offenders are ineligible.

The state estimates that about 515,000 people could be eligible for automatic restoration. Since early April, the Department of Corrections has sent the parole commission the names of 105,000 people it believes meet the criteria.

The commission has reviewed just over 21,000 cases and restored the rights of 15,500 people. Reasons for not restoring rights include that the person has died, has moved from Florida or has been arrested again.

The Department of Corrections is loaning 100 employees a week to the commission to speed up the process, said Rob Wheeler, an attorney in the governor's office. The effort has drawn praise from state Republicans and Democrats.

"I'd like to see it completed as soon as possible," Crist said. "If we can get it done before the presidential primary, that would be tremendous."

Lazaro Arribas, a Miami resident convicted of bank robbery and other charges, said he will finish probation next year with the goal of voting in a presidential election for the first time in 12 years.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: charliecrist; crime; felonvote; registereddemocrat; rino

1 posted on 06/14/2007 2:05:07 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D

So we need more violent felons voting exactly why . . . ?

I haven’t been paying attention - is Crist a complete idiot?


2 posted on 06/14/2007 2:15:02 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Man50D
There goes Florida for the GOP, the dems will probably sweep it from now on. Is Governor Crist stupid, naive or does he actually think that criminals vote republican, by and large?
3 posted on 06/14/2007 2:16:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Man50D

The Democrats just got 16,000 more votes.


4 posted on 06/14/2007 2:25:24 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport; 2ndDivisionVet
The Democrats just got 16,000 more votes.

They'll get millions more of the amnesty bill (S.1348) is passed.
5 posted on 06/14/2007 2:29:15 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: sport; 2ndDivisionVet

of=if


6 posted on 06/14/2007 2:29:56 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: sport

Apparently the law provides that the criminals must all have either their true name or an alias be...........

“Chad.”

THANK YOU! I’M HERE ALL NIGHT!


7 posted on 06/14/2007 2:33:43 AM PDT by MacDorcha (Peace is not the highest goal - freedom is. -LachlanMinnesota)
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To: Man50D

When they pass S1348, the United States of America as it exists today will be gone. I put “when” because it seems to as they are bound and determined to pass it. And they willget it passed by hook or by crook. When it is enacted into law, we have had it.


8 posted on 06/14/2007 2:35:02 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

How much does an unemployed felon’s vote go for in Florida these days?


9 posted on 06/14/2007 2:44:00 AM PDT by Roy Tucker ("You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality"--Ayn Rand)
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To: Man50D

It’s really sad to see one’s one country commit suicide. Pathetic too.


10 posted on 06/14/2007 2:48:17 AM PDT by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: The Duke

You can thank the Socialists.


11 posted on 06/14/2007 2:57:01 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: FreedomPoster
Is Crist a complete idiot?

Yes!

12 posted on 06/14/2007 2:58:37 AM PDT by mort56
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To: Man50D

Crist is actually a democrat. No one can believe that felons, if they vote, would vote for conservatives or law and order types.


13 posted on 06/14/2007 3:36:24 AM PDT by MarkT
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To: sport
"When they pass S1348, the United States of America as it exists today will be gone."

A lot of us have been saying that. If those who are supporting this Bill don't have the sense of urgency NOT to pass it, I can only believe they are willing to suffer the consequences and are aware of the full range of possible consequences this bill will have.

If that is truly the case, we need a law that would prevent a vote on such a measure and to penalize anyone for conspiring to destroy our nation, overtly or covertly.

The Enumerated Powers Act would fit nicely here. Let the proposed Bill contain a 'Constitutional Authority' clause. That alone will stop it dead in its tracks.

14 posted on 06/14/2007 4:04:40 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: Man50D

Well given that 70 - 80 percent land back in jail, AND in what we would now consider good voter turnout to be around 60 percent. That translates into approx 3500 voters.


15 posted on 06/14/2007 4:22:17 AM PDT by diverteach
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To: tpaine

Would a ‘Constitutional Authority’ clause in this Bill cause it to self-annihilate?


16 posted on 06/14/2007 4:29:57 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: FreedomPoster

Is he going to give them their gun rights back too?


17 posted on 06/14/2007 4:51:35 AM PDT by catman67
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To: FreedomPoster

“I haven’t been paying attention - is Crist a complete idiot?”

Is this a rhetorical question or a real question? Because if this is a real question, then the answer to your question is: YES, CRIST IS A COMPLETE IDIOT.

3 weeks after his “sweeping insurance reform” to lower our insurance rates, I got a notice indicating that mine went up 50 %.

I can’t believe that I voted for this guy. He sucks.


18 posted on 06/14/2007 4:55:44 AM PDT by bw17
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To: bw17

Real question. The felon thing was for-sure idiocy, but not in and of itself proof of *complete* idiocy.


19 posted on 06/14/2007 5:20:02 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Man50D
My guess is that Crist was an “electable” Republican. It’s always hard to pass that up.
20 posted on 06/14/2007 5:23:10 AM PDT by ChessExpert (Hail America. America rules the waves.)
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To: Man50D

Rino, nice going. Who needs hanging chads anymore?


21 posted on 06/14/2007 5:23:23 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Man50D

Does this also mean they can serve on a JURY?


22 posted on 06/14/2007 5:34:25 AM PDT by wolfcreek (AMNESTY: See what BROWN can do for you..)
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To: Man50D; Joe Boucher

Another puke-o-meter max-out for our gov.


23 posted on 06/14/2007 5:37:11 AM PDT by shove_it (old Old Guardsman)
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To: Roy Tucker
How much does an unemployed felon’s vote go for in Florida these days?

Walking around money.

24 posted on 06/14/2007 5:41:20 AM PDT by Plutarch (Bush is a coward to the left and a tyrant to the right.)
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To: shove_it

Sometimes ya just gotta wonder how these folks deduce logic.
I always thought losing ones voting rights was just one more reason to not break laws.


25 posted on 06/14/2007 6:08:19 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Man50D
And Dhimmicrats continually charge the Pubbies with voter fraud.

Here’s a public example (like immigration) of the dhimmicrats attempting to rig the results of an election before it happens.

Just like Venezuela.

26 posted on 06/14/2007 6:11:57 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: FreedomPoster

There are restriction on who is eligible

THE RIGHTS THAT CAN BE RESTORED:

- To vote

- To serve on a jury

- To run for and hold public office

- To hold a state-issued license

RIGHTS THAT CANNOT BE RESTORED:

- To own a firearm

- To request a full pardon

- To request a commutation of sentence

WHO’S NOT ELIGIBLE

A person convicted of any of the following crimes is not eligible for automatic restoration of civil rights:

- murder, attempted murder, attempted felony murder, manslaughter

- DUI manslaughter

- sexual battery, attempted sexual battery

- lewd or lascivious battery, molestation, conduct or exhibition, or upon or in the presence of an elderly or disabled person

- sexual performance by a child

- aggravated child abuse

- failure to register as sexual predator

- transmission of computer pornography

- buying or selling of minors

-kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, luring or enticing a child

-aggravated battery, attempted aggravated battery

- armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, carjacking, attempted carjacking, home invasion, attempted home invasion

- poisoning of food or water

- abuse of a dead human body

- first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary

- arson or attempted arson

- aggravated assault, aggravated stalking

- aggravated battery or aggravated assault on law enforcement officer

- first-degree trafficking in illegal substances

- aircraft piracy

- unlawful throwing, placing or discharging of destructive device or bomb

- facilitating terrorism

- treason

ALSO INELIGIBLE:

- habitual violent felony offender

- prison release reoffender

- sexual predator

- three-time violent felony offender

- violent career criminal


27 posted on 06/14/2007 6:20:28 AM PDT by Sherri
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To: FreedomPoster
I haven’t been paying attention - is Crist a complete idiot?

Yes. Hard to believe we elected him. He's already declared himself a "governor for all the people of Florida". Which means he'll stab the Republican Party and its constituents in the back on a regular basis.

28 posted on 06/14/2007 6:22:14 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: Sherri

Then the example subject of this story must have been a rare unarmed bank robber. Or something doesn’t add up.


29 posted on 06/14/2007 6:26:17 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Man50D

If we haven’t lost florida’s electoral votes with all the immigrants that have taken over, this surely clinches the deal. Thanks you teacher union loving RINO Crist.


30 posted on 06/14/2007 6:29:27 AM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
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To: Man50D

But Crist was electable. At least Florida didn’t get some democrat who’d probably work to restore felons’ voting rights.

Oh, wait...

nevermind.


31 posted on 06/14/2007 6:37:13 AM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: kenth

If amnesty passes, we need to get used to seeing headlines like this every day as Democrats take over America for the next 100 years....if America can last that long....


32 posted on 06/14/2007 7:03:16 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (I would rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Teddy Kennedy)
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To: kenth

Know what else he did? He made it so we have to revise the voting machines so that each vote have a paper trail (costs us millions). Now the libs will pay all the sheeple to get on that free bus ride to the polls— with promises of free pizza, etc. for each paper trail vote that shows they voted Democrat.


33 posted on 06/14/2007 7:03:54 AM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
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To: Man50D

I guess that means Florida is now a Blue State.


34 posted on 06/14/2007 7:04:31 AM PDT by Little Ray (Rudy Guiliani: If his wives can't trust him, why should we?)
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To: FreedomPoster

Don’t know but this could apply
https://fpc.state.fl.us/Clemency.htm
Rule 10B:
15-year arrest and crime-free review without a hearing for all offenses
New Process (Level II)
1. Complete sentence.
2. Complete supervision.
3. Pay victim restitution.
4. 15 years crime and arrest free.
5. Parole Commission verifies eligibility and no pending charges/detainers.
6. Parole Commission conducts mid-level investigation.
7. Placement on Clemency Board preliminary review list with investigation attached.
8. 30 days for approval – requires signature of approval of Governor plus two members.
9. If not approved, full hearing and investigation.
10. If approved, restoration of rights certificate issued.


35 posted on 06/14/2007 7:39:28 AM PDT by Sherri
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To: FreedomPoster

“Is Crist a complete idiot”?


Afraid so. He may turn out to be worse than that.


36 posted on 06/20/2007 12:31:21 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Gopher Broke

“if America can last that long....”

It Can’t.

http://news.yahoo.com/page/presidential_election_2008


37 posted on 06/23/2007 4:57:27 PM PDT by Lurkin Lurch (Illegals in the USA are like ants at a picnic)
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To: Man50D
I see nothing wrong with the concecpt of restoring one's rights AFTER they have completed all of their sentence (including probation/parole).

If Scooter Libby serves his time, completes his parole, why shouldn't he then be allowed to resume voting?

38 posted on 06/23/2007 5:06:38 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: bw17

I didn’t vote for him, but he won anyway.


39 posted on 06/23/2007 5:09:04 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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