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Free the Vote

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Highlight Clip of In The Thick Free the Vote In this clip, hosts Maria and Julio discuss giving Floria residents the right to vote again after committing a federal crime and serving time. The executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade joins them.
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Maria and Julio are joined by Desmond Meade, the executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and the author of the new upcoming book Let My People Vote. They unpack Florida’s recent court decision that restricts returning citizens’ eligibility to vote. They also discuss voter suppression nationwide and how this will impact the 2020 election. ITT Staff Picks Fabiola Cineas sits down with Rosemary McCoy and Sheila Singleton, two Black women fighting against felony disenfranchisement, in an interview for Vox.“The Decision Upholding Florida’s Jim Crow–Style Poll Tax Is an Affront to Democracy,” write Perry Grossman and Mark Joseph Stern in an article for Slate.Patricia Mazzei and Michael Wines examine how Republicans restricted returning citizens’ voting rights in Florida in this piece for The New York Times.Photo credit: Florida Rights Restoration Coalition 
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