Rick Scott Pleads Ignorance About Felon Voting Rights

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I had no idea this was bad policy!
Here's a fun way to defend a racist restriction on voting rights: First, claim the new rule is colorblind. Then, when black legislators get angry, plead ignorance. Say you had no idea the rule was draconian compared to policies in most of the country.

This is Gov. Rick Scott's strategy when it comes to defending the archaic voting ban his Cabinet passed in March. The rule -- which requires nonviolent felons to wait five years after completing their sentences before applying to have their voting rights restored -- returned Florida to its ugly past. 

After the Civil War, the first law disenfranchising felons was zealously employed to keep newly freed slaves from voting.
Fast-forward to the 2000 election debacle, when thousands of people were misidentified as felons and purged from the voter rolls. And guess what? A disproportionate proportion of the people blocked from voting were black.

Thankfully, former Govs. Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist heard the resulting public outcry and changed the law, getting rid of the waiting period and allowing nonviolent felons to have their voting rights automatically restored when they finished serving their time.

Let's pretend Rick Scott didn't know any of this. Let's say he hasn't read a newspaper since 1998. It would still be tough to fathom that he remained ignorant after he and his Cabinet passed the felon ban in March.The Palm Beach Post ran a story at the time saying only two other states -- Virginia and Kentucky -- had such restrictive, Jim Crow-style voting laws.

Still, Scott's pleading ignorance. He told black lawmakers yesterday that he would take another look at the ban, if they provide him with more information about its impact and the policies in other states. "If there's a better way of doing it, I'll look at it," he said, according to the Post.

That's right, Governor. Have other people do your research for you. Make sure you remain as ignorant as possible when making policy decisions. Being dumb is better than being racist, wouldn't you say?

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FQS9000
FQS9000

Let's ban non felons from voting.  Felons have conclusively demonstrated that they have contempt for the law, a desire to steal and contempt for the persons of other people.  Of course they will chose decent and honorable people to pass laws and run our institutions.

Felons are just misunderstood and probably unjustly convicted for a mere misunderstand.  The cops, witnesses, victims, judge and jury were all racist, biased, stupid and unfair.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

The title is a waste of words. It could have just read

"Rick Scott Pleads Ignorance"

Seeiteveryday
Seeiteveryday

You know what's racist?  Assuming that black people are inherently more felonious than everyone else.

IhateyouRickScott
IhateyouRickScott

Again, basically all this man does is puff out his skinny weasel chest and say " I am Lord Darth Vader and it shall be done". When people (meaning anyone who actually hasn't been lobotomized) stand up to him, he back tracks quicker than his non-existent hairline. I am still waiting to hear from all these other tools how the unions (policeman, ambulance, teacher, gov't employees) bankrupted our state. It's like the old saying...."The grass isn't always greener" Makes me miss Jeb and his cronies. At least Jeb made sense when he lied, cheated, and stole

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