Miami Herald -- More than 2,100 Florida voters -- many of them black Democrats -- could be wrongly barred from voting in November because Tallahassee elections officials included them on a list of felons potentially ineligible to vote, a Herald investigation has found.
A Florida Division of Elections database lists more than 47,000 people the department said may be ineligible to vote because of felony records. The state is directing local elections offices to check the list and scrub felons from voter rolls.
But a Herald review shows that at least 2,119 of those names -- including 547 in South Florida -- shouldn't be on the list because their rights to vote were formally restored through the state's clemency process.
Remember the number 537. That was the number of votes by which George W Bush had allegedly won the election. A good number of people who were elegible to vote in 2000 were removed from the rolls because his or her name was similar to a name on the felon roll, or they were listed as felons in a state where felons do get their right to vote back, or various other other mistakes -- intentional or otherwise.