Senator Jason Pizzo, General Ashley Booty, Florida discussed on Morning Edition


Come up with programs that allow judges to modify someone sentenced to allow them to vote even if money is still open. In the program's first lost, There was a lot of promise that they could help people register to vote. Democratic State Senator Jason Pizzo helped create one of these programs in Miami Dade County a year ago. He says. The biggest problem with the program is that so few people have used it less than 100. People of their cases have been modified in the largest county in Florida in the third largest in the country, Pizzo says there's more pro bono attorneys that have offered to help with cases. And people who have called for help. Is it apathy or is it beating down people and basically digging and feel so disheartened and disenchanted with the system like I give up? You know, just give up. I won't engage. I don't know. A fund to help would be voters was created last year and has raised million so far. But even those charitable contributions are facing pushback from the state. After billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced he would help donate nearly $20 million for the effort. Florida's attorney General Ashley Booty, asked the FBI and state police to investigate. In a letter she cited laws against election bribery. It's hard to not see this as a bit of voter intimidation. Daniel Length, is an attorney with the campaign legal center. She represented plaintiffs in the federal court case. And she says Florida is trying to scare people away from accepting help for paying off their fines and fees. There is no criminal investigation to be had here. The law is about paying people to vote or paying people in order to induce them to vote. Instead, the generosity of fellow citizens is allowing individuals to become eligible to vote. Most of us don't have to pay to become eligible to vote. But unfortunately, these folks dio Betty Riddle was a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit, and now she's scrambling to come up with the money. She needs to be able to vote in November. That's what frustrates me this unbelievable What these people will go through the staff with some bones. If you want. We got to take a riddle says Despite all the legal rulings, she's going to keep trying to get her voting rights back even if it takes until the next presidential election. For.

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