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Friday, February 6th, 2009

Super Bowl Tuesday 2

Even in Florida, where voter participation was higher than the national average, nearly 5 million eligible voters didn’t vote in the 2008 presidential election. I headed to Tampa to ask a question we’ve asked here before: what if we took our elections as seriously as we take the Super Bowl? Watch the video to see what Florida Governor Charlie Crist has to say about that.

Monday, June 30th, 2008

NYT To FLA: Fix “Wildly Illogical” Voting System

NYT

Last week we brought you the news that over 100,000 ex-felons in Florida are getting their voting rights back.

Today the New York Times says those reforms are “well short of what’s needed — a complete overhaul of a wildly illogical system.” The interconnections of voting rights and access to jobs is part of the problem, so says the Times.

In most states, inmates win back their voting rights as soon as they are released from prison or when they complete parole or probation. One big reason that does not happen in Florida is that state law requires felons to first make restitution to their victims. And until their voting rights are restored, former prisoners are barred from scores of state-regulated occupations for which the restoration of voting rights is listed as a condition of employment.

Quite apart from the fact that it is undemocratic to bar people from the voting booth because they owe money, the system is transparently counterproductive since it prevents people from landing the jobs they will need to make restitution. Bail bonds in Los Angeles CA are so popular, likely due to denying ex-offenders a chance to make an honest living which is driving them back to jail.

The system also requires extensive and unnecessary background checks before voting rights can be restored for some applicants, making it hard to reduce the backlog. Florida could clear up that backlog in a hurry, treat all ex-offenders fairly and enhance democracy by automatically restoring voting rights to inmates who have completed their sentences.

When we visited both the Iowa and Nevada caucuses earlier this year to document the “Un-Caucuses” — who isn’t able to participate in the caucus process and why that is — we met in both states ex-felons who are excluded from the voter rolls. We’ll continue to monitor how this issue is addressed around the country.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

“Without my rights, it’s like I’m still doing time all over again.”

That’s the quote that ends today’s New York Times article about 115,000 ex-felons in Florida getting their voting rights back.

New York Times

If you listen to NPR’s coverage, you’ll learn that in all but three states felons get their voting rights back after their sentences are completed. You’ll also find out how the new rules of re-enfranchisement work in Florida.

NPR

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

RECOUNT Debuts Tonight on HBO

HBO Films’ RECOUNT debuts tonight. Last week I was in Washington, D.C. and stopped by National Public Radio to tape a simultaneous vlog and radio interview with Ari Shapiro, this week’s host of Weekend Edition Sunday. We taked about how the film — like our work at Why Tuesday? — is raising questions about the state of America’s voting system.

Soboroff Shapiro

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

HBO Films’ RECOUNT

This morning I went to The Grove in Los Angeles where HBO, promoting their new film RECOUNT, set up the actual Votomatic Florida voting machines used in the controversial 2000 Presidential Election, complete with butterfly ballots and hanging chads, so that people can judge for themselves whether they could have effectively cast their ballot. RECOUNT premieres May 25 on HBO.

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Florida Senator: Change Voting System Now

Last week team Why Tuesday? visited with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FLA) in his Washington, D.C. office to discuss his sweeping plan to change the way and day we vote, and why he chose now to introduce his plan. Watch the video for his answers. (more…)

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