Good evening, everybody!
Can you believe what Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said when asked about Trump asking FBI Director Comey to drop the inquiry into Michael Flynn? He said: “I think it would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House.” LESS DRAMA? The President of the United States appears to be guilty of obstruction of justice in an ongoing FBI investigation, and the top Republican in the Senate refers to it as drama! I’m sorry, but it’s time for Republicans to learn about integrity and put the interests of the United States ahead of their petty political concerns! It’s time to start talking about impeachment!
Now that I’ve ranted about what is just the latest Trump bombshell, what I really want to talk about in this message is the Rights Restoration Petition.
We had another few great days for voter registration and petition collection. On Monday at the West Regional Courthouse, Ron McCoy, along with John Countryman, Paulo Ayrolla, Janet Thompson, and Lonnie Supnick, collected 5 voter registration forms (all Democrats!) and 49 rights restoration petitions! And in addition to that, Paulo Ayrolla and John Countryman did some petition gathering on their own and collected another 25 petitions! I will be back at the Courthouse on Monday and Wednesday, May 22nd and 24th, from 10 AM until 2 PM. Please let me know if you can join us on either or both of those days.
And then, at tonight’s (Tuesday’s) Broward Democratic Party Meeting, we collected or were given another 55 rights restoration petitions. That makes 129 in just two days! Not bad.
Florida is one of only 3 states with a lifetime ban on voting by anyone with a prior felony conviction. In Florida, there are over 1.5 million citizens who have thereby lost their right to vote. The Voting Restoration Amendment would allow Floridians who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote. The Amendment does not apply to anyone convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PUT THE AMENDMENT ON THE 2018 BALLOT!
The name of the nonpartisan coalition spearheading this drive is Floridians for a Fair Democracy, and here is their website: https://www.floridiansforafairdemocracy.com/
The President of the Rights Restoration Coalition is Desmond Meade. On May 10th, Desmond appeared on Samantha Bee’s show on TBS “Full Frontal” and exposed Florida dismal record of denying felons the right to vote. Here is the link: http://www.tbs.com/shows/full-frontal-with-samantha-bee.html His interview is about half-way into the May 10th show.
And here is a link to the petition itself: http://media.wix.com/ugd/3ecbf8_3ba4d6758f154f839954e38eb612b87a.pdf I am also attaching a pdf of the petition.
Volunteers can collect petitions from any registered voter in Florida, and all you have to do is return the completed petitions to me. I am now the official coordinator for the Rights Restoration Coalition in Broward County. That means I have blank petition forms that you can use and t-shirts that you can wear. You can collect petitions from Democrats and Republicans. My pitch goes something like this: “Have you signed the Rights Restoration Petition yet? It would restore the right to vote to Floridians once they get out of prison.”
Thank you for helping to put this Amendment on the 2018 Ballot!
9411 NW 10 Street
Plantation, FL 33322