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Default Activists push to restore voting rights to ex-felons in Florida

Activists push to restore voting rights to ex-felons in Florida

Atamonte Springs resident LaShanna Tyson has been invited into the White House, but she can't help pick the person who lives there.Tyson lost her voting rights back in the late 1990s, when she was convicted as the getaway driver in a deadly convenience store holdup. It was the first crime on her record, and as she served her sentence, she dreamed about one day being reunited with her three children, going back to college and reclaiming her place in society.
After 13 years behind bars, she walked out of prison, but the freedom she expected wasn't waiting for her on the other side. As one of more than 1.6 million Floridians barred from voting because of a felony conviction, she gathered Monday in Orlando with a group of activists and community leaders pushing to overhaul laws that are among the nation's most restrictive for ex-felons looking to re-enter the polling booth.


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