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Thursday, July, 27th – 7pm
Mayor Rick Kriseman
Item of Business: One of the members of the Credentials Committee has left the DEC, so, there is a vacancy. The Exec. Board approved by a 2/3 vote Doug Landau.
We will need to confirm Doug’s election at our July meeting.
Section 5.3 A vacancy in any other office must be filled within thirty (30) calendar days by a qualified County Committee member for the unexpired term. The County Chair may fill the vacancy if approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board at a regular or special meeting. If such approval is not achieved, the position shall be filled by majority vote of the members at a regular or special meeting provided ten (10) days notice is given to the members.
Florida’s silent civil rights struggle: Thousands wait decades to regain the right to vote
TALLAHASSEE — Adam McCracken has a Ph.D., practices psychology in Orlando and is married with two sons.
But for 25 years, the state of Florida said he couldn’t be a full-fledged citizen because of a long-ago drug conviction.
It was a serious mistake. It happened in 1991. He was 21.
The case is so old that a Google search turns up nothing.
The state of Florida allows McCracken to practice psychology.
But he can’t vote.
A law-abiding citizen for 26 years, he wants to bury his past. But the state won’t let him.
Florida is one of three states that permanently revokes the civil rights of anyone convicted of a felony, a system that has disenfranchised an estimated 1.5 million people.
Even after felons complete their sentences, pay their fines and serve probation, they must wait at least five years to ask the state to restore their rights, and that can take a decade or more.
Most people don’t bother. Many who try will die before their cases are heard.
(To read the entire article, click here.)