Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Election officials in Florida on Saturday said that they are dropping plans to use a list of people said to be convicted felons to purge voter rolls. The reason cited was that the database used to hold the names didn't have "Hispanic" as a category for ethnicity. Therefore, individuals who identified themselves as Hispanic were excluded from the list. Of the nearly 48,000 names on the list, reportedly only 61 of them were classified as Hispanic.

Additionally, about 2,700 people who had received clemency were still on the list. Officials say this is because they had registered to vote (as the state initially required) before they received clemency. Later, the state changed that requirement.


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