New Study Confirms Republican Law Blocks Felons From Voting

"Research determines that a new law will block more than 80 percent of felons thought to have regained their right to vote through Amendment 4"


A new study from the University of Florida confirms what Democrats knew, the Republican backed law is nothing but a poll tax meant to suppress voters. The study found that "Four of five felons who would otherwise have been eligible to register to vote after passage of Amendment 4 are barred from casting a ballot because of a new state law" and "a disproportionate share of those would-be voters are black."


Key Findings from the report:

"New law will block more than 80 percent of felons thought to have regained their right to vote through Amendment 4.""Four of five felons who would otherwise have been eligible to register to vote after passage of Amendment 4 are barred from casting a ballot because of a new state law." "'In my opinion, it is clear ... black individuals who have otherwise met all the terms of their felony convictions are significantly less likely to be able to gain voting rights under SB 7066, as compared to similar white individuals,' Smith wrote.""he concluded that 'there is little doubt that SB 7066 will severely limit the ability of eligible Floridians with a past felony conviction to be able to register to vote.'”

Read the full report on the study in the Daily Commercial.

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