Why Felon Voting Rights Matter, by the Numbers (Rick Scott's Worst Nightmare)
|Rick Scott was elected by a very small margin -- one that ex-felons could destroy.|
Whatever his motivation, the numbers speak for themselves:
In last November's gubernatorial race, Scott won by a scant 61,550 votes.
Attorney General Pam Bondi, who championed the new felon voting ban, won by 701,491 votes.
According to the advocacy group the Sentencing Project, the estimated number of disenfranchised felons who could not vote in Florida's 2004 presidential election (before Gov. Charlie Crist made it easier to have their voting rights restored) was 960,000.
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