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Fearing court action, Scott calls emergency meeting of clemency board

Gov. Rick Scott called an emergency meeting of the Cabinet for Wednesday in anticipation of a federal court not approving a delay in adopting a new system of granting the right to vote to convicted felons.

Scott acted in the absence of a decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which has not acted on the state's request to stay a lower court decision that struck down the state's system of restoring voting rights to felons and ordered a new system to be instituted by April 26.

"This meeting will be open to the public, who will have an opportunity to provide input at the beginning of the meeting," Scott's office said in a statement released Tuesday night. "If a stay is not issued, the meeting agenda will be for the board to consider how to respond to the lower court's decision."

The court's decision can be found here.

Scott and the Cabinet have had a month to respond to the court ruling, but scheduled a meeting for 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the Capitol. Why 9:30? To give the public 24 hours notice from a 9:30 p.m. advisory.