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'Accidental vote' puzzles governor

Published:Friday | June 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP):

Governor Rick Scott is mystified how convicted felons manage to register and vote before getting their civil rights restored.

Scott and the Florida Cabinet yesterday still granted clemency to some of them, including one man who received a pardon after admitting he "accidentally" voted Republican.

The governor and three Cabinet members, who serve as the state's Board of Executive Clemency, are all Republicans. They declined to restore the civil rights of another felon who said he voted straight Republican.

Scott said he couldn't understand why local elections officials were allowing felons to register even though they haven't had their rights restored.

Some said they received letters telling them their rights were restored only to later discover they had not. Scott said the letters didn't come from the state.