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PolitiFact Florida checks claims by Dan Gelber on Crist's record on ex-felons' voting rights and Pam Bondi on pot laws

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The Lie of the Year isn't the only thing that's been keeping us busy at PolitiFact. Here's a summary of our latest fact-checks:

Former state legislator Dan Gelber said that when Charlie Crist was governor he "sought for and got approved the automatic restoration of felon rights for nonviolent offenders for the first time in Florida history (since reversed by Governor Scott)." Gov. Reubin Askew made it easier for ex-felons to vote in 1975. We alerted Gelber to our research and he re-worded his claim on Crist's campaign website to reflect Askew's role. We rated Gelber's claim False.

We also fact-checked two claims in a legal brief by Attorney General Pam Bondi's office about medical marijuana amendment:

"The proposal hides the fact that the Amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states, allowing use for limitless ‘other conditions’ specified by any physician." We rated that claim Mostly True. The brief also stated "whether the Amendment passes or not, the medical use of marijuana is a federal criminal offense" -- we rated that claim True.

Spot a claim about voters' rights or medical pot worthy of a fact-check? Get in touch: #politifactthis or truthometer@politifact.com

 

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Roger Clegg, Ctr for Equal Opportunity

Automatic restoration of felon voting rights is nothing to be proud of, by the way. If you aren’t willing to follow the law yourself, then you can’t demand a role in making the law for everyone else, which is what you do when you vote. The right to vote can be restored to felons, but it should be done carefully, on a case-by-case basis after a person has shown that he or she has really turned over a new leaf, not automatically on the day someone walks out of prison. After all, the unfortunate truth is that most people who walk out of prison will be walking back in. Read more about this issue on our website here [ http://www.ceousa.org/voting/voting-news/felon-voting/538-answering-the-challenges-to-felon-disenfranchisement ] and our congressional testimony here: [ http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/Clegg100316.pdf ].

Useless

Dan Gleber is an embarrassment to his father. Please stop lying!!!

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