Bring Voting Rights in Florida Up to International Standards

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out against lifetime felon disfranchisement, a voting rights crisis of which Florida is the worst offender. This March, the a U.N. panel is going to review the U.S.'s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty that requires nations hold up to certain human rights standards. One of the areas which the UN panel will be scrutinizing is voting rights for people with past felony convictions, an area where Florida has disfranchised over 1.5 million citizens.

Florida's lifetime disfranchisement of people with past felony convictions has long been a black eye on our record for democracy and it was made worse when Gov. Scott and the Board of Executive Clemency created new rights restoration restrictions. Now that record is under the microscope for international scrutiny, and the Attorney General has called for reforms.

Add your name below to tell Gov. Scott and the Clemency Board to restore voting rights in Florida and avoid international embarrassment for our state.

Dear Governor Scott and Members of the Board of Executive Clemency,

In 2011, the Board of Executive Clemency passed restrictions on the restoration of voting and civil rights for Floridians with past felony convictions. As a result of those changes, Floridians' ability to have their rights restored has come to a near-total stop. Now, Florida's disfranchisement of people with felony convictions is going to be scrutinized as part of the U.N. Human Rights Commission's review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 

We urge you to end Florida's lifetime ban on voting rights for Floridians with past felony convictions that has so far denied over 1.5 million Floridians their right to participate in our democracy. 


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