LWVFL Vice President Cecile Scoon penned this Op-ed in the Washington Post on the legislation impacting Amendment 4.
The measure, if signed by the governor, will deepen economic inequality: allowing the rich and affluent to vote while denying that right to so many who lack their means. This will particularly affect the African American community and is abhorrent to the promise of equality before the law. Florida’s 200-plus years of racial discrimination have led to vast economic disparities between whites and nonwhites, and the new law will continue that imbalance and restore Florida as one of just four states with ex-felon lifetime disenfranchisement. Click here for the full Op-Ed