Explanation owed

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM.

Dear Editor:

This is in response to the recent article entitled “PAC President Voting Rights Removal Stopped.”

As Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon stated, stripping a person of the right to vote is a major thing to happen without evidence. Any citizen should, regardless of their political persuasion, be incensed that an attempt was made to prevent a citizen from voting without evidence.

State Attorney Mr. Glenn Hess in a letter to Mr. Hanlon stated that he found evidence of a conviction in Jim Garth's past and "apparently" his voting rights had not been restored. Then in a phone call, Mr. Hess recommended the removal process be stopped. Why stop the removal process, Mr. Hess, if you have evidence of a felony?  WHY?

You either have evidence or you don't. Mr. Garth stated that your office would "be in touch" and the news media has also asked for clarification, and your office remains silent.  Mr. Hess, you are an elected official and you owe the people of Gulf County an explanation or you should consider removing the word “Honorable” from your name.

Al Whitfield


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