Florida is one of the few states that does not restore an inmate’s civil rights automatically once they do their time behind bars.
It’s considered a holdover from the days of Jim Crow laws that were designed to deter blacks from voting.
"I think the biggest thing we need to do right now is to get a few more staff members and maybe we can loan to the parole commission and let them do their work, which is the background investigation and this backlog."
Governor Crist says he thinks the clemency system itself is unfair. He wants to reach a consensus with the three other cabinet members before moving ahead with his plan.