<center><h2><a href=http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/9220185.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp&ERIGHTS=-5661513020949970984miami::email@example.com&KRD_RM=2okqooppmijioiiiiiiiikmpqn|Raoul|N&is_rd=Y>Gov. Jeb Bush has decided to eliminate paper applications for felons seeking to recover their civil rights, and attorneys assert that the move will thwart thousands of potential voters.</a></h2></center> <blockquote>BY DEBBIE CENZIPER AND JASON GROTTO firstname.lastname@example.org Days after a Florida appeals court demanded that the state provide more help to felons who want their right to vote restored, Gov. Jeb Bush introduced a new policy that civil rights advocates say circumvents the will of the court and threatens to exclude tens of thousands of potential voters. Last week, the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee unanimously ruled that state prison officials must follow the law and provide newly released felons the necessary paperwork and assistance to get their full civil rights back. That would include a one-page application for a formal hearing before the Florida Clemency Board -- the only way an estimated 85 percent of felons will ever get their rights restored. But instead of providing the application, Bush decided to scrap it altogether. On Wednesday, he announced that felons will now have to contact the Office of Executive Clemency when and if they want to apply for a hearing to have their rights restored. Bush argues that the policy reduces paperwork and, therefore, provides the ease and assistance demanded by the court. Civil rights advocates say the decision will disfranchise thousands of people in a state where more than 400,000 are already banned from voting. Groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Florida Justice Institute sued the state in 2001, saying the Department of Corrections for years violated the law by not helping felons to make civil rights applications. The Department has made changes since then but still refuses to provide to outgoing inmates the one-page application needed for a hearing.</blockquote> Not since the <i>Jim Crowe</i> era has such effort been put into disenfranchising so many voters. Even after the fraud perpetrated in 2000, the absolute gall of Jeb Bush and the Florida GOP (<i>Gang 'O Perverts</i>) display in trying to pull the same crap again is simply amazing.