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Clarence's Story.

Army veteran Clarence Office Jr. currently resides in Miami. He served in the military for three years and was honorably discharged. After being arrested for drug offenses, he served time in prison and paid his full debt to society. He now works with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs and counsels other veterans who have encountered problems with the criminal justice system.

Due to offenses in the past, offenses connected to drug addiction, I am unable to vote. I have not had any legal issues for 9 to 10 years. I’ve been working, paying taxes, like everyone else. I graduated from college and have been employed for the past six years by the Department of Veterans Affairs, serving as a counselor in Veterans Court, counseling other veterans who have gotten in trouble.

Despite that and my military service, my honorable discharge, I still can’t vote. Any American who has served his time should be able to vote, and especially veterans who have served their country. Everyone deserves a second chance.

Clarence Office
U.S. Army Veteran