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Sea Change Radio
Weekly Program
Bianca Fortis
 Sea Change Radio  Contact Contributor
Aug. 16, 2022, 10:04 p.m.
Florida sort of defines the term "swing state." The smallest of variables can push the outcome of Florida's elections in one direction or another - in the year 2000 it was "hanging chads" and more recently it appeared it would be the re-enfranchisement of former felons. In 2018, Florida voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights of most felons who had completed their sentences. This was a particularly important turn of events given the massive number of Floridians who could not vote due to felony convictions. Republican leadership in the state, however, has been working tirelessly to undermine the will of the people by making it harder for the formerly incarcerated to exercise their franchise. Some of the obstacles that have been erected include a requirement to clear all debts in order to vote - some former felons have actually been criminally prosecuted for voting without paying what in effect amounts to a poll tax. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to journalist Bianca Fortis who has written an investigative piece chronicling right wing efforts to keep Florida’s most vulnerable populations from participating in the democratic process. Then we dip into the archives to listen to our 2020 discussion with groundbreaking health physicist and nuclear expert, Hattie Carwell.
Track: Glad
Artist: Traffic
Album: John Barleycorn Must Die
Label: Island
Year: 1970
Track: Born In The USA
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: Bridge School Benefit
Label: N/A
Year: 1986
Track: The Revolution Starts Now
Artist: Steve Earle
Album: The Revolution Starts Now
Label: Artemis
Year: 2004

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