Here's a fun way to defend a racist restriction on voting rights: First, claim the new rule is colorblind. Then, when black legislators get angry, plead ignorance. Say you had no idea the rule was draconian compared to policies in most of the country.
Fast-forward to the 2000 election debacle, when thousands of people were misidentified as felons and purged from the voter rolls. And guess what? A disproportionate proportion of the people blocked from voting were black.
Let's pretend Rick Scott didn't know any of this. Let's say he hasn't read a newspaper since 1998. It would still be tough to fathom that he remained ignorant after he and his Cabinet passed the felon ban in March.The
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saying only two other states -- Virginia and Kentucky -- had such restrictive, Jim Crow-style voting laws.
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