November 02, 2017

Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, spoke at the Bob Graham Center on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. During the talk, Meade detailed his unlikely path from felon to lawyer, the importance creating a more inclusive democracy in Florida and the process of leading a statewide campaign. Meade’s group is collecting signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot.

Florida is one of just three states in the nation that permanently bars ex-felons from voting unless they receive clemency. Florida requires that those seeking to regain voting rights submit a petition to the state's Executive Clemency Board. That board meets only four times a year and there is a backlog of more than 10,000 cases.