Thousands of people were not allowed to vote in the 2000 election because they were wrongly placed on list of people convicted of a felony. Critics say the state is on the verge of making the same mistake this year with a new database. Even elections supervisors say the new list raises serious questions.
One of the biggest problems of the 2000 election was qualified voters denied their ballot because they were wrongly branded as felons. The problem was traced in the documentary unprecedented.
A new list of 50,000 potential felons is being circulated this year. The problem is that it’s only being given to political parties and elections supervisors. First Amendment advocates call it illegal. The NAACP is angry.
Charles Evans of the NAACP says, "We are concerned with the number of names that might be on the list that may be there illegally and unethically."
We took the concerns to elections officials as they kicked off a voter education campaign. Despite assurances that everything is above board, supervisors themselves say they have serious concerns with the information they are being given.
"Many times a felon is charged then the case is plead down to a misdemeanor or whatever, and that’s the record that we need to get," says Kay Clem, Indian River Elections Supervisor.
Many election supervisors may not have the resources to do the thorough check to resolve conflicting information, which means Florida could be on the verge of making the same mistake twice.