Ending ban on felon vote clears hurdle. I'll believe this when I see it. And I have some doubts that it would pass. But it is still really good news that a legislative committee has approved putting the question of amending the state Constitution to restore voting rights to felons onto the next ballot.
I admit, thought, that this is somewhat baffling to my sense of how Florida politics works. What gives? Three ideas:
- Public-spiritedness has broken out in Tallahassee
- Florida Republicans think they can win black votes by taking up issues that the black community cares about
- The GOP has done focus groups, figures the issue is a loser if it gets to a state vote, and that Democrats will not only waste money and time supporting it, but can be tarred as the pro-crime party.
Alas, I have no facts on hand to tell me which if any of these is correct.