Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"The campaign to automatically restore civil rights to nearly all felons upon release from prison, with no waiting period and no hearing to determine if those felons will go right back to a life of crime, is reckless and irresponsible....
The revolving-door effect of restoring felons' rights only then to revoke them due to a new criminal offense would diminish the integrity of our democratic government and the rule of law. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, nearly 40 percent of offenders commit another crime within three years of release and 45 percent do so within five years....
Rather than automatically restore rights to violent repeat offenders, we should ensure fairness in the clemency process by immediately eliminating the backlog, as I previously proposed. But for Florida's serious career criminals, this motto ought to apply: A person who breaks the law should not make the law."
"McCollum: Be Responsible About Felons' Rights," Orlando Sentinel, Apr. 1, 2007
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Secretaries of States, members of state and federal legislative bodies, Executive Branch officials with significant involvement in felon voting issues, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in felon voting issues.[Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Partner, Public Policy and Regulation practice, Dentons
Attorney General, State of Florida, 2006-2011
Chairman, Board of Directors, Republican State Leadership Committee
Chairman of the board and President, Health Florida Foundation
Board member, American Security Council Foundation
Member, Kiwanis Club of Orlando
Board member, Enterprise Florida, 2009-2011
Director, James Madison Institute, 2002-2010
Board of Governors of the State University System, 2005-2006
Member, Florida Domestic Security Advisory Panel, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, 2001
Candidate, U.S. Senate, 2000
Co-House Manager, impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton trial, 1998-1999
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-2001
Chairman, Seminole County Republican Party, 1976-1980
Former Attorney, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.
U.S. Navy Reserves, retired at rank of Commander, 1969-1972