Dear Editor of Common Dreams:
Your preview article of the coming Nation article (http://www.commondreams.org/news2001/0412-02.htm)
is very good. I see one mistake, however, that may just very well prove
"Nation contributor Gregory Palast documented Florida's improper
purging of out-of-state felons, whose right to vote had been automatically
restored, in a report in the February 5, 2001 issue of The Nation, which
can be accessed at www.thenation.com.
Subsequently, Florida changed its policy."
Florida did not change its policy. The policy had already been to allow
exonerated felons from other states to vote in Florida elections, as
required by (I think federal, law). The policy "change" was
not a change at all. Rather, it was merely a reiteration of what SHOULD
have been happening before the election. Jeb Bush enforced an illegal
program of making exonerated felons reapply for rights they had already
had, despite Florida court rulings to the contrary, which rulings Bush
surely must have known about.
I've cc'd Gregory Palast here. I'm sure he could reconfirm what I am
pointing out. His article makes this eminently clear.
Citizens for Legitimate Government
Greg Palast's response to Mike's Letter
Exactly!!! That was the whole point of my original article ... And
on 23 feb the state, under federal pressure, caved in. You try to explain
that to my editor. I can't seem to get it across. And I should say,
Jeb flipped because of the nation article which I spent much time explaining
and documenting to CRC behind the scenes.