By now, everyone has already heard that Cesar Sayoc has been arrested in Florida on suspicion of being the bad guy behind the mailing of alleged bombs (that didn’t work) to a number of Democrats.
Oh, but the media has been breathlessly reporting that not only is Sayoc “a registered Republican” but also his van is covered in “right-wing paraphernalia”.
But this is what really piqued my interest – the same media is claiming that Sayoc has a record of at least one felony offence. I’m aware the restoration of voting rights for felons varies from state-to-state, so I decided to do a little digging.
First of all, I checked to see if he’s actually voted any time recently. By golly, he sure has.
According to https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/en/CheckVoterStatus, Sayoc is listed as an active voter, as well as registered as a Republican. Date of registering to vote: 03/04/2016.
Ok, turns out he’s a registered voter. But does Sayoc actually have a criminal record?
Shockingly… yes he does (as a grasp at pearls).
As the below three photos from MugShots.com has acquired via public domain, Sayoc was found guilty of both Grand Theft as well as Felony Assault.
Sentenced to one year of Community Supervision on 05/09/2014, obviously he wouldn’t be free and clear of these convictions until 05/09/2015.
So now I checked if a convicted felon would or even could get voting rights restored.
The screen grab from the Office of Executive Clemency of the state of Florida pretty much says it all.
Obviously, the next step would be to reach out to the government of Florida to see if Sayoc’s civil rights have been restored.
According to the Office of Executive Clemency, Florida Commission on Offender Review, here’s the status:
Well, I did find out that instead of the Florida Commission on Offender Review isn’t the final word on a felon having their civil rights restored.
There is something called the Office of Executive Clemency down in Tallahassee that meets a few times each year to decide if there are any deserving criminals who may deserve clemency.
According to the same (phone – 850 488 2952), there is “no record of this individual ever applying for clemency.”