PAC president voting rights removal stopped

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:24 AM.

The process of removing Jim Garth, president of the political action committee Citizens Improving Gulf County, from the voter roles at the recommendation of State Glenn Hess has been stopped by Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon.

Hanlon said until provided with evidence that Garth should be stripped of his voting rights “the matter is over as far as I am concerned.”

In addition, the State Attorney’s Office contacted Hanlon last week and recommended the removal process “be stopped at this time,” Hanlon said.

That call came shortly after Hanlon had contacted the Florida Bureau of Voter Registration within the Division of Elections about the situation.

Hanlon said the deputy of the bureau, Maria Matthews, and the bureau’s chief legal counsel was consulted and provided the information to date.

The opinion Hanlon received was that a letter from State Attorney Glenn Hess stating his office found evidence of a felony conviction in Garth’s past and that “apparently” his civil rights had not been restored was insufficient to revoke Garth’s voting rights.

Matthews and legal counsel, Hanlon said, could find no evidence of the conviction in their own search and said that without attached copies of evidence from the State Attorney, the letter did not constitute evidence in itself.



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