As the Miami Herald reported:
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have ended the automatic restoration of voting and other civil rights to nonviolent felons once their sentences are up.
Sitting as the Board of Executive Clemency, they voted 4-0 on Wednesday to change the panel's rules and require at least a five-year waiting period before ex-convicts can apply to get their rights back."If you're convicted ... you lost those rights," Scott said at a news conference later in the day. "There ought to be a process to get those rights back."