TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has been unable to find thousands of convicts who are now eligible to vote.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday said it checked state records and discovered the state was unable to notify nearly 18,000 former prison inmates that their civil rights had been restored.
The ACLU said voting records show that most of those on the list are not registered to vote.
ACLU officials criticized the state's efforts. But Florida Parole Commission officials say they had did not have other addresses for the convicts that they could use.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist back in 2007 pushed to make it easier for felons to have their civil rights - including voting rights - restored. But Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet changed the rules in March 2011.