17 Florida felons granted right to vote in federal appeals court
Arthur Rizer, the director of criminal justice and civil liberties at R Street Institute, a public policy research organization, believes this added hurdle to voting is unnecessary.
“Everything in our penal code should be related to public safety,” he said. “I don’t see a public safety means to prevent people from voting.”
Rizer, who is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s law school, was part of the team of lawyers who crafted the legal argument against the voting restrictions in Jones v. DeSantis.
He believes that formerly incarcerated people should have their voting rights restored once they’re no longer incarcerated.
“When you’re out, you’re out,” he said. “We should bring you back to society as quickly as possible, and voting is one of the easiest things that we can do to make that happen.”