Republican governor Rick Scott became the target of ridicule on the Emmy Award-winning HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”. From the show’s YouTube page:
Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, and the worst state for this — surprise — is Florida.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law has summarized the state of felon voting in Florida as follows:
Florida has the highest disenfranchisement rate in the country. It is one of three states, along with Iowa and Kentucky, to permanently bar all citizens with felony convictions from voting. Currently, Floridians can only regain the ability to vote if they individually apply to the state Office of Executive Clemency and their application is one of the few granted. The amendment would give Floridians who have already served their time a second chance at democratic participation.
Visit the official website for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver or watch the video below. The video is about 12 minutes. Take a look: