Retired NFL star Anquan Boldin working to restore voting rights to reformed ex-prisoners
Belle Glade (CBS12) —
The NFL Pride of Pahokee, Anquan Boldin, isn't just back at home this weekend for his 16th annual Q-Fest. He was hitting another issue close to his heart head on.
Boldin, who retired from the NFL midway through the pre-season to become a full time social activist, was heading up a 'Second Chance Workshop' on Friday night at Glades Central High School, discussing Florida's policy of terminating voting rights for life for anyone convicted of a felony. As Boldin was leading the conversation, and helping to explore ways for those effected to be able to vote again, one gentleman was able to proudly announce to the group that he had gotten his voting rights back.
"You have people who have been out of jail for 10 or 15 years," explains Boldin. "They've met all the requirements, and the government continues to tell them that they will not have their voting rights restored. What we're trying to do is make sure that those individuals eventually get their voting rights put back in their hands."
Q-Fest, meanwhile, will raise over 100-thousand dollars for the Anquan Boldin Foundation, which creates educational opportunities for underprivileged youth.