Must-read on Florida’s long path to restoration of voting rights for felons who have turned their lives around.
More than 10,000 applications wait to be heard by the Florida Board of Executive Clemency. The backlog seems by design. The board, which meets four times annually, has tasked itself with an insurmountable amount of work and cannot keep up with the thousands of new applications it receives.
Scott rarely comments on the process, but in March, an Orlando television news reporter asked the governor at a public event if he realized how difficult the clemency process had become.
“It’s not,” Scott said, shaking his head. “Just look at how many people are voting. We have plenty of turnout.”