Voter Disenfranchisement

Voting sign
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A coalition of civil rights organizations and Florida residents filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and a White House commission, accusing them of potentially violating state and federal laws to try to build a nationwide voter database.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with League of Women Voters of Florida President Pamela Goodman (01:15)  on President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Our latest episode of “Moveable Feast” featured Joe Finnegan (27:02), owner of St. Francis Inn and the Casa de Sueňos in St. Augustine. Finally, First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacey Goldring (38:53) talked about the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. 


On First Coast Connect Wednesday we talked about voter disenfranchisement in Florida with local author Devin Coleman, who due to a long past felony conviction is unable to vote. He was joined by Natisha June, head of the Greater Jacksonville chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth. University of North Florida criminology professor Dr. Michael Hallett spoke about his new book, “The Angola Prison Seminary: Effects of Faith-Based Ministry on Identity Transformation, Desistance and Rehabilitation.” Host Melissa Ross also spoke with Humana’s Laura Nolan and local doctor John Montgomery about the Humana Bold Goal project, and we heard about the upcoming Jacksonville Jewish Film Festival with HOBNOB owner Ellen Cottrill and Jewish Community Alliance board member Sunny Gettinger.