As Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi leaves office due to becoming term-limited, those who seek to replace her on the Republican side are commenting on what their views are concerning restoring felons’ rights. This has become an important topic discussed in the political arena as the midterm elections draw closer, and even Florida Governor Rick Scott has shared his thoughts on the process.
Frank White, a state House member and looking to score the Republican nomination, commented that Attorney General Bondi should be “commended for defending our Constitution.” He added that “The Fourteenth Amendment gives the Governor broad discretion to grant and deny clemency. Liberal activists and their lawyers are playing election-year politics with a process that is expressly defined in our Constitution.”
In response to a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul Florida’s current process of restoring felons’ voting rights, Ashley Moody detailed that she “cannot in good conscience support Amendment 4 as it will allow violent offenders the automatic restoration of rights without a case-by-case determination of when restoration is appropriate. Although, I do believe we should consider a less cumbersome procedure for restoration of rights for non-violent felons.”
Along with discussions of gun control, the restoration of felons’ voting rights has gained momentum as an important issue heading into the upcoming midterm elections.
Jay Fant and his campaign have not yet commented on the matter, but this will surely not be the last time that the candidates have a discourse on this issue.