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Bill Clinton calls out Rick Scott on ex felon voting rights

Politico covered Bill Clinton's address to a conference of young liberal activists in Washington:

....“There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today,” Clinton added.

Clinton mentioned Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s move in March to overturn past state precedent — including under former GOP governors — that allows convicted felons to vote once they’ve served they’ve finished probation periods.

“Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?” Clinton said. “Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. That’s why.”...

Clinton had sent Charlie Crist a long personal note thanking and congratulating on for pushing to make it easier for ex-felons to regain their civil and voting rights.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:33pm]


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