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John Oliver pushes for restoration of convicted felons’ voting rights

Warning: Video contains explicit language

In the latest episode of his weekly commentary show, John Oliver criticized Florida’s policies governing the restoration of convicted felons’ voting rights.

Oliver, speaking on “Last Week Tonight,” said Florida’s regulations were more strict than most other states. About 1.5 million can’t vote because of their felony convictions, Oliver said. As of July 2017, Florida’s estimated population was just shy of 21 million, with more than 16 million adults. That would mean nearly 10 percent of the adult population does not have voting rights.

Oliver called it “taxation without representation.”

He also criticized Florida’s four-member panel that reviews whether a felon will regain the right to vote. That commission includes the state’s governor, Rick Scott.

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You can view the segment at the top of this story.


Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.