Thanks to Jim Crow Era Law, 1 in 4 African-American Adults Can't Vote in Florida's Primary
March 14, 2016
Almost 6 million people across the United States are prohibited from voting as a result of state felony disenfranchisement laws that forbid those with felony convictions to vote. Florida has the highest number of disenfranchised voters. Over 10 percent of adults in the state cannot vote because they have a felony conviction. Nearly one in four black adults is disenfranchised.
Florida is one of five states to hold their Republican and Democratic primaries tomorrow, on Super Tuesday 3. The other states include Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.
We speak to Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He’s also chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy. He is an ex-offender who is still disenfranchised.
Watch: The full Democracy Now! interview