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Statement from CFO Sink on Restoration of Civil Rights

4/5/2007

                                                                                                    
CONTACT:
Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842
 
 
TALLAHASSEE— After the Florida Cabinet voted 3 to 1 to end the unfair Jim Crow-era laws that deny rights to hundreds of thousands of Floridians, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink issued the following statement: 
 
“After a busy week thus far, I woke up early this morning to the sounds of springtime in Tallahassee, thinking about Holy Week, Passover and the message of hope and redemption.  Today we have the opportunity to restore rights to hundreds of thousands of Floridians.
 
“Frankly, I believe this is the right thing to do.  This issue has been raised in almost every city and town I have visited over the past two years.  I listened and learned that Florida is one of only five states, all in the South, that does not automatically restore rights.
 
“People who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society should be encouraged to live law-abiding and productive lives.  By restoring voting rights and permitting them to get back to work, they can become full citizens and provide for their families.  We’re not giving these people a gun and we’re not giving them a pardon – we’re giving them a chance to support their families and contribute to our democracy – we’re giving them a chance for a better future.  We should focus not on the possibility that they might re-offend but on the belief that they will live law-abiding lives.”