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Florida Voting Rights Activist Denied Pardon He Needs to Join Bar Association

HeadlineSep 24, 2020

Florida’s Republican attorney general has asked the FBI to investigate billionaire Democratic donor Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, after he donated $16 million to a fund helping people with past felony convictions to pay off fees and fines so they can regain their voting rights.

The fund is run by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, headed by Desmond Meade, a former prisoner who has become a leading voting rights activist. Earlier this week, Time magazine named Meade one of the 100 most influential people in the country. But on Wednesday, he was dealt a setback after the state clemency board rejected a pardon for him. Meade, who graduated from law school, needs a pardon in order to become a member of the Florida Bar.

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