In Florida, one-in-four African-Americans will be affected by laws barring ex-felons from the polls this November. As Brentin Mock reported for Voting Rights Watch 2012—a collaboration between The Nation and Color Lines—many ex-felons in the Sunshine State are receiving conflicting messages regarding their legal status as voters. Mock appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show to raise the issue of felon disenfranchisement in Florida. The Nation’s Ari Melber also weighed in conversation, saying that, while some restrictions for ex-felons are in the interest of public safety, voting rights is not one of them.

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For more on voter suppression in Florida, read Ari Berman’s short history on the subject.