Tampa Tiger Bay Club Forum: Restoration of Voting Rights. 

Special thanks to the Chester Fergusen Law Center for hosting the Tampa Tiger Bay Club Candidate Forum with the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County on Friday, August 18th at 12:00 PM.

For returning felony offenders, the clemency process for the restoration of voting rights is more difficult in Florida than anywhere else in the country. Only 2% of the more than 1.6 million have committed violent felonies, yet everyone must wait a minimum of five years to apply to the Clemency Board, which is comprised of the governor and cabinet members. There are currently over 10,000 applications pending.

Currently, any Florida governor has the authority to change the terms of the restoration of voting rights. The proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution would make the restoration of voting rights automatic, after a sentence is served and any restitution paid. Violent offenders would still have to go through the clemency process.

An expert panel examined both approaches and discussed the research into how each approach impacts society.

Panelists include:

Desmond Meade, President & CEO of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Andrew Warren, State Attorney, Florida 13th Circuit

Sean Shaw, Florida Representative, District 61

Joyce Hamilton, Regional Development Director ACLU of Florida

Reggie Garcia, Clemency Attorney, Lobbyist, Author and Tampa Native


Missed the forum? TBAE Network provides another opportunity to catch these Tigers in action on TV! The Forum will be availble to view on Saturday, August 26th at 1:30 PM and again on Sunday, August 27th at 10:30 PM on Spectrum 635 and Frontier FiOS 32.

You can also find the episode on watch.tbae.net