The deadline to register voters in Florida is just days away, but there’s a group of people who won’t be able to participate in this year’s election regardless of their Florida residency. They’re ex-felons who, upon their release from prison, do not have their voting rights automatically restored. Florida is one of a few states in the nation to have such a policy, and the NAACP is working with others in a national campaign to stop what they call “felony disenfranchisement.”
“Cell doors can open. We can be given release, but yet access is still denied,” said Reverend Greg James.