In Florida, one of a minority of states that does not automatically restore civil rights once a felon has completed a sentence, more than 13,000 ex-felons may be eligible to vote but don’t know it.
After reviewing 17,604 names of those who had their rights restored, the American Civil Liberties Union said it found 13,517 who were not registered to vote.
Florida parole officials say they have followed protocol in attempting to notify qualified ex-felons that their rights have been restored. In most cases, forwarding addresses were not provided or were incorrect.
In some cases, the agency made “multiple attempts” to make contact, but to no avail, said Tammy Salmon, a parole commission administrative assistant.
"We are going above and beyond to try to reach these folks," Salmon said.
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The Supreme Court agreed to hear an Obama administration appeal arguing that attorneys, journalists and human rights groups have no right to sue over a law making it easier for intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on foreign communications.
The justices said they would review a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in New York that the plaintiffs have the legal right to proceed with their challenge to a 2008 amendment to the law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The section at issue allows intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on overseas communications, including phone calls and e-mails, more widely and with less judicial oversight than in the past.
The change meant the U.S. government does not have to submit to a special judge an individualized application to monitor a non-American overseas. Instead, the U.S. attorney general and the director of national intelligence can apply for mass surveillance authorization from the judge.