When Voting Rights are Denied

In 1991 at age 21,  Adam made a serious mistake. He obtained some LSD with the intent to sell. He served 10 months in a federal prison plus  5 years probation.  Twenty-six years later Adam, at age 47, had a wife and children and a Ph.D. in psychology and had become a role model for his sons and a respected member of the community.Yet he couldn’t vote. Florida is one of only 3 states that has a very long waiting period and a difficult process to restore nonviolent ex-felon’s voting rights.Often, the goal is too far a reach and the person has no choice but to give up.He remains a victim of taxation without representation with no voice in the community. When a teenager disobeys his parents, he is bound to be punished. But does the parent punish him for the rest of his life? Research shows that nonviolent ex-felons who have had their voting rights restored, have more self-esteem and become actively involved in civic matters, leading to a more productive life. The community benefits. There is an effort in Florida to change this archaic law.A petition calling for an amendment to the Florida Constitution on the  2018 ballot,  reinstating nonviolent ex-felon’s rights, is now being distributed in Florida..Please consider signing a petition. Over 700,000 are needed. Please note: This amendment would not include those who have committed murder, rape or child abuse. If you are interested in learning more, please come to the LWVCC meeting on September 12,   at 10:15  AM at the Coastal Region Library,8619 W. Crystal St., 34428.Everyone is welcome to attend.For more info please call 352-382-0032.

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