Wednesday, April 11, 2007
That's what I said when the new Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, announced that he was seeking to automatically restore the voting rights of all felons who have completed their sentences. Ex-felons are not a traditional Republican voting bloc, and doing anything that can conceivably be seen as deferential to criminals doesn't win you praise in the Republican party. For an example of the typical Republican commitment to voting rights, check out this disgraceful effort. But Crist decided to restore the vote to ex-felons, he says, "because it's the right thing to do". My cynicism radar is up, but if he's sincere then I'll give credit where credit is due. Kudos, Charlie.