Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he is devoting $100 million of his multi-billion dollar fortune to influence elections in Florida. It became clear one of his first uses of that cash was $16 million to pay off the court fines of 32,000 felons which would make them eligible to vote in the 2020 election so long as they register to vote by October 5, 2020. Some are saying this is effectively buying votes and thereby buying the election.
Strangely, Democrats who have demonized billionaires and their influence in the electoral process are praising Bloomberg’s interference in the 2020 Florida elections. We are trying to discover the political affiliation breakdown of these 32,000 felons; however, unless they were originally registered to vote before being convicted, that time will not come until late in October to compile the information. So, it is unclear at this point how much this election interference will help with Bloomberg’s plan to help Joe Biden win the presidency against Donald Trump and Jo Jorgensen.
Another dimension to Bloomberg’s move is that many felons would also like to have their Second Amendment rights restored as well as their voting rights. Whereas a 2018 state constitutional amendment allowed the automatic restoration of voting rights for convicted felons who have completed all obligations of their sentences, it did not go so far to restore their Second Amendment rights. One of Bloomberg’s pet issues is eroding the Second Amendment via supporting laws to infringe on citizen’s gun rights.