With the exception of Maine and Vermont, incarcerated individuals are not allowed to vote, and in states like Florida, felons permanently lose their rights to vote even after they have finished serving their sentence.
A new Florida bill would restore voting rights to nearly 1.5 million individuals.
The bill filed Wednesday would allow people to petition courts to restore those rights, and it allows state attorney’s offices to oppose the petitions.
Florida has the highest felony disenfranchisement in America, according to The Sentencing Project, with about 1.5 million people unable to vote because of felony convictions.
Many have lobbied against felony voter disenfranchisement and consider it a form of voter suppression. Felony voter laws disproportionately impact people of color and many believe it is fundamentally wrong to prohibit individuals from participating in a political process that so deeply impacts their lives.
But others have argued that individuals who fail to follow the law forfeit their right to fully participate in society, which includes the political sphere.
I believe a felon should not be able to vote. No matter who they vote for.