07 May 2004

State wants felons purged from voter list

May 6, 2004
The Associated Press

Florida elections officials have told local supervisors to begin purging their voter rolls of felons - an election-year directive that some say would disenfranchise up to 40,000 people.

The issue of felon voting surfaced from Florida's 2000 presidential election recount, a five-week odyssey that resulted in George W. Bush's capturing the White House.


In 2000, some local supervisors refused to purge their rolls because they said they had no faith in how the state compiled its list of disqualified voters.

And since that election, the secretary of state's office has been moved from Cabinet status in Florida to an agency under the governor - Jeb Bush - the younger brother of President Bush.

The secretary of state's office defends its move to purge the voter lists.

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