One victim’s father is furious that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter was allowed to register to vote.
Meadow Pollack was 18 years old when Nikolas Cruz killed her and 16 others.
Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, took to Twitter in outrage when he discovered Cruz had registered to vote from the jail.
“I’m sick to my stomach,” Pollack wrote, refusing to acknowledge Cruz by name, only using his criminal case number, “18-1958.”
To clarify, Florida law permits Cruz the right to vote. But only until he is convicted. CNN reported that Cruz waived his right to a speedy trial and it’s unclear when a date will be set.
While this is unfair for many of the victim’s families, it is Cruz’s right by law. Veda Coleman-Wright, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, told WFLA, “Taking away the voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal.”
This is story is striking a similar chord for Florida, as the state also recently voted to restore the voting rights for convicted felons that have completed their sentences. However Cruz is likely to receive multiple life sentences and will not be eligible to vote in the very near future.