Pensacola News Journal by Kevin Robinson
September 30, 2019
Escambia County is the only county in the state that has refused to comply with an American Civil Liberties Union public records request, the ACLU claims.
The ACLU is trying to identify individuals with felony convictions who may be eligible to vote in the wake of Amendment 4. The amendment — passed with about 65% voter support in 2018 — is intended to automatically restore most felony offenders’ voting rights when they have completed the terms of their sentence.
To help figure out which and how many people are affected, the ACLU said it contacted the clerk of courts office in each of Florida’s 67 counties. The organization has requested information on all of the felony defendants who have been processed since 1980, how their cases were disposed and if they have any outstanding fees.