Fla. Officials Working to Purge Felons From Vote List
KEY WEST, Fla. – State officials told county elections supervisors a call center and Web site are being established to help them verify a list of 47,000 potential felons who could be purged from voter rolls.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (search) has set up a toll-free number elections supervisors can call with questions on a particular voter.
The agency also plans a Web site that would let supervisors and voters fill out an appeal form online, said Jeff Long, chief of the department's records bureau.
Florida is one of seven states that does not let convicted felons vote unless their voting rights have been restored.
The purge of felons from voter rolls has been a highly charged issue since the 2000 presidential election, when George W. Bush won by 537 votes. Some people were taken off the rolls although they were not felons.
Some supervisors said at the conference that they have had problems getting information from local clerks of court for the people on their list.