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Democrat Desperation

By Patrick Van Roy On September 22nd, 2020

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly raised more than $16 million in an effort to help convicted felons in Florida register to vote.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition estimated Bloomberg’s fundraising push has already paid off monetary obligations for 32,000 felons, Axios reported.

“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” a Bloomberg spokesperson told the news outlet. “Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it.”

Florida passed a law in 2018 reinstating voting rights for felons that dictated they could register only if they pay all fines, fees and restitution — sometimes totaling more than $1,000 — owed to the government.

16 Responses to “Democrat Desperation”

  1. “The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” a Bloomberg spokesperson told the news outlet. “Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it.”

    Florida passed a law in 2018 reinstating voting rights for felons that dictated they could register only if they pay all fines, fees and restitution — sometimes totaling more than $1,000 — owed to the government

    Great stuff from Bloomberg in combatting those from a low incone having their democratic franchise denied.

  2. Possession of 20 grams of pot in Florida is a felony

    https://norml.org/laws/florida-penalties/

    So Florida’s legal system can drop dead next Tuesday.

  3. yeah the 32,000 people whose 16 million dollar court costs that he’s paying off are just pot heads……

  4. What are they? Serial killers?

  5. There would be ” felons ” in Florida who have that status because of marijuana possession or because of low level marijuana sales. I don’t know how many there are, but the number is not zero.

    I have a problem with the fact that low level pot offenses are deemed felonies, and another with the fact that even after the offenders have served any jail time that they aren’t put on a path to full citizenship rights.

    I’ll bet that a large percentage of the the Biden and Trump supporters in America, and half of them here, have been in possession of 20 grams of marijuana.

    I don’t put a pot smoker / seller in the same legal universe as a heroin seller or as someone who has stabbed or shot someone, or as an adult who has thrown the first punch at someone.

    But Florida does.

    Congratulations for your service to Florida and to the nation, Mayor Mike.

  6. either way….. Pot, Murder, Armed Robbery etc….. It’s a true Quid Pro Quo, I’ll pay your fines and costs, you vote Democrat……. it’s also called buying votes.

  7. Trump is supposed to be rich.

    Let him split the costs with Mayor Mike.

  8. I’ll pay your fines and costs, you vote Democrat

    There’s a guarantee that they vote / are going to vote Dem?

    It’s also called buying votes

    It’s not. It’s called preventing those with low incomes being democratically disenfranchised.

  9. “It’s a true Quid Pro Quo”

    You really, really need to learn what that term means.

  10. Pat

    Do you think that unpaid fines and costs should bar a ” felon ” who has served his time from voting?

    The legal “costs” in some of these states can be complete bullshit, entirely unaffordable for many poor people accused of minor crimes.

  11. I don’t think a felon should vote whether they’ve served their time and paid their fines or not.

  12. quid pro quo
    [ˌkwid ˌprō ˈkwō]
    NOUN
    a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.

    I’ll pay your fines, you vote democrat…….

    Matches the definition perfectly……. Sunny

  13. Except there is no evidence that these people are going to vote Democrat. So there is no quid pro quo.

  14. Do you think that unpaid fines and costs should bar a ” felon ” who has served his time from voting?

    Absolutely not. I think under the present system the only time a person should lose their vote is if they are incarcerated at the time of an election. I view this Florida law is an attack on low income individuals and an attempt to democratically disenfranchise them.

    I’ll pay your fines, you vote democrat…….

    Again, where is the guarantee that they will vote Dem or even that they will vote at all?

  15. “I don’t think a felon should vote whether they’ve served their time and paid their fines or not.”

    Why?

  16. In Israel, and in some other nations, even prisoners –not just those who are former prisoners– are allowed to vote.