Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"Like Florida, many Southern states struggling through the Jim Crow era resisted calls to change their laws denying the restoration of civil rights. Since then, all but five of these states have realized the historical underpinning for denying the restoration of civil rights and repealed these unjust laws.
Some who favor the current system argue that restoring civil rights is somehow 'weak on crime,' as if restoring the right to vote, to serve on a jury or to work lessens the punishment or encourages a person to commit new crimes.
In fact, the opposite should be true. Giving a person a meaningful way to re-enter society, make a living and participate in our democracy will incentivize good behavior."
"Wednesday My View: Florida Must Begin Automatic Restoration of Ex-offender Rights," Tallahassee.com, Apr. 3, 2007
Experts Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Governor, State of Florida, 2006-Jan. 2011
Attorney, Wood and Crist, 1987-Present
Florida Attorney General. 2002-2006
Commissioner of Education, elected in special election, 2000-2002
Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, 1999-2000
Florida State Senator, Chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations Criminal Justice Subcommittee, 1993-1999
Candidate, U.S. Senate, lost by 26%, 1998
Former State Director for U.S. Senator Connie Mack
General Counsel, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, 1982-1987
Candidate, Florida State Senate, 1986
Former Intern, Florida State Attorney's Office
Member, Center Against Spouse Abuse
President's Council, American Lung Association, Pinellas County
Student Body Vice President, Florida State University
Class President and Starting Quarterback, St. Petersburg High School
JD, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama, 1981
BA, Florida State University, 1978
Attended, Wake Forest University, 1974-1976
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