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Democrats, blacks most likely to lose voting rights

With attention focused on Florida's effort to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls, another procedure continues as well: the purging of convicted felons from the rolls. Under Florida law, a convicted felon loses his or her right to vote and must petition the governor and state Cabinet for the restoration of civil rights, a process that can take up to seven years. 

A Times/Herald analysis of four months' worth of data from the state Division of Elections shows that 6,934 people were removed from the rolls in the first four months of 2012 following felony convictions, and that Democrats were three times more likely to be removed than Republicans. 

Of that total, 3,550 or 51 percent were registered as Democrats, and 1,206 or 17 percent were registered as Republicans. Another 1,614, or 23 percent, were registered with no party affiliation.

Here's the racial breakdown of felons removed from the voter database in 2012: Whites accounted for 3,018 or 44 percent, and blacks accounted for 2,956 or 42 percent. Hispanics accounted for 608 or 9 percent.

The five zip codes that accounted for the largest number of civil rights revocations were in Jacksonville and Tampa.  Jacksonville, the state's largest city, had the most purged felons (928). Tampa had 797, Miami 367, Orlando 222, and St. Petersburg 174.

"Obviously, we're not targeting demographic groups," said Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Division of Elections. "The only category we're concerned about is, are they ineligible? If they're ineligible, they need to be removed."

-- Steve Bousquet


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Please be careful about the manner in which these stories are written. For those "headline only" readers among us, you are seeming to suggest that particular groups are being targeted, rather than that particular groups are losing registrants because those groups contain greater numbers of unlawful registrants. Our political discourse today is UNcivil enough without it being encouraged by the manner in which stories are told and headlines are written.


did you know it was found in one county in CA for a US COngressional seat, over 700 illegal votes were cast? Don't tell me this isn't a problem that doesn't need to be dealt with.
[Footnote] In total, the Task Force found clear and convincing evidence that 748 invalid votes were cast in this election.


Super Anonymous

Headline reads:
Democrats, blacks most likely to lose voting rights

But yet they give data:
Whites =3,018 or 44 percent, blacks = 2,956 or 42 percent, Hispanics = 608 or 9 percent.

So how is 2 percent LESS "mostly" ???

Looks to me like 'mostly' White folk being removed.

Really sucks when people cant just tell the facts and truth and have to throw in their own agenda.


Could be

The headline is correct if I understand the data correctly. Florida is 16.5% African American but 42% of the voters removed for felonies were African American. That means they are much more likely to be removed than the rest of the population.

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