Florida Rights Restoration Coalition: Past, 3

Our nation's future is at stake. Your voice shouldn't be silenced by your past.
If your civil rights have been restored after a felony conviction, you may now be eligible to register to vote. Don't miss this opportunity to fully participate in our democracy. Contact us and we'll help you every step of the way. Because your voice - and your right to vote - are too important to be silenced.

Advertising Agency: Turkel Advertising, Miami, USA
Creative Director: Bruce Turkel
Art Director: Hugo La Torre
Copywriter: Mark Trueblood
Photographer: Ron Corso
Published: September 2008

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26 comments

Crisp One's picture
Crisp One
2007 pencils

I really enjoy all the push to get people involved in this election, more so than any election I remember. Any agency putting out ads for this should be commended.

Pun-sher's picture
Pun-sher

Truth well told.
This is good

Lim Choc Shcam's picture
Lim Choc Shcam
24 pencils

Scam

Guest commenter's picture
Guest commenter

Let this straight...we're applauding FELONS' right to vote? Do you know what a felon is? A person who has commited a very, very serious and damaging crime. A crime that ruined another person's life, and that person's family's life.

Great. I feel so much better about the country now. Child molesters for Obama? Murderers for McCain?

Yikes. There's a REASON felons lost their right to vote you know.

I can just see Charlie Manson filling out his absentee ballot now.

Pun-isher's picture
Pun-isher

I agree with you on a lot of the issues you raised. But I was commenting on the creative work.
This is a very controversial topic, but I commended the team for handling a difficult subject in a mature way and compelling way. Surely that's the point of advertising. Presenting your clients product or message in an engaging way.

That One Guy's picture
That One Guy
266 pencils

You are all wrong. I suggest that you check up on felony charges before you go saying that they are all bad. Thanks to Bush, he is the one that made it a whole lot easier to become a felon. Did you know that if you were to get caught with some marijuana you would be charged with a felony?

And what's with all these guest comments I keep reading? They are everywhere and the replies always have some snooty remark. I am not saying they all belong to you but come on guys what gives? It's probably easier to speak your mind when no one know who you are.

---TEMPUS FUGIT----

Guest commenter's picture
Guest commenter

i cud not agree more.....well said.

Felons voting's picture
Felons voting

Re: Manson votes

There are rules regarding who gets their right to vote restored, and how long they have to be out of jail before they get their rights back. Keep your straw man arguments to yourself.

Do you think a 50-year old guy who has reformed should be denied the right to vote because when he was 18, he was stupid and robbed a 7-11? Until earlier this year, that was what was happening in Florida.

There is no purpose to the criminal justice system if people aren't allowed to re-enter into society as a productive citizen after they've reformed.

sneakyhands's picture
sneakyhands
1857 pencils

yes, i do think that they should be denied the right to vote. a short legal definition of 'felony' is a crime against society. commit that sort of crime and you should be barred from exercising the civic privilege of voting. florida being a swing state doesn't change that fact for me.

Guest commenter's picture
Guest commenter

No, I WON'T keep my "straw arguments" to myself. I'll state my opinion wherever and whenever I want.

BTW, you think it's okay to let a felon vote, but are trying to silence me on a blog?

Gee, that makes a lot of sense.

Felon Voting's picture
Felon Voting

I'm not trying to silence your right to have an opinion. I am trying to point out the fallacy of your false "straw man" argument, that reformed ex-felons getting the right to vote = serial killers and perverts voting.

An ex-convict has to jump through ALOT of hoops in Florida before they get the right to vote back.

Ex-Felon Voting's picture
Ex-Felon Voting

"An ex-convict has to jump through ALOT of hoops in Florida before they get the right to vote back."

Should add that the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition helps the affected individuals every step of the way to get their civil rights restored, and not just their voting rights.

Ex-Felon Voting's picture
Ex-Felon Voting

"An ex-convict has to jump through ALOT of hoops in Florida before they get the right to vote back."

Should add that the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition helps the affected individuals every step of the way to get their civil rights restored, and not just their voting rights.

izmild's picture
izmild
770 pencils

Simple and communicate copy and visual.

Guest commenter's picture
Guest commenter

If the "ex"-felon has to apologize to his victims/families, admit guilt, and make restitution in some way (other than the time he/she served for the crime), I MIGHT consider allowing them to vote. Plus, I think all felons expecting voting rights should have to serve their entire prison term.

Otherwise, no way.

teenie's picture
teenie
1894 pencils

The copy's rather heavy and brief-ish. They should have gone with something that was simple and true.

crisis's picture
crisis
189 pencils

If the right to vote is so important to you, don't do crap that's considered felony. I don't care if it was just smoking weed. Everyone that smokes knows it's illegal and knows the risks. If you get caught, then suck it up. If you want your candidate to win, you can donate money or volunteer. There's a lot more "harsh" felony crimes then there are "light" felony crimes, and I'd rather the murders not vote even if it means some potheads can't either.

Guest commenter's picture
Guest commenter

You need to communicate the message much more quickly.

Grrrr's picture
Grrrr
1951 pencils

HEy, why not give voting right to animals and plants? Or people from other countries? They are all for Bananarama.

Roger Daly's picture
Roger Daly
359 pencils

It's Ads of the World, not Amnesty International.

Guest commenter's picture
Guest commenter

Rights or no rights are for the law to decide... could you please stick to coment on advertising? it's Ads of the world, not Rights of the world

Crisp One's picture
Crisp One
2007 pencils

well in that case, the art direction is sad, the copy is without soul...needs some creativity, and the logo looks like the Mcain/Palin logo kinda, and i can probably guess each one of these peoples past felonys.

lets see....

1.Prositute
2.Coke Dealer to Wall Street in the 80's
3. #1's pimp / supplier to #2

Shameful's picture
Shameful

Folks, some of these comments are disgusting. The KKK called, and they want their agenda back.

YourWordAgainstMine's picture
YourWordAgainstMine

I'm wondering, won't it be more interesting if the headline simply reads: "Your future shouldn't be silenced by your past?"

Guest commenter's picture
Guest commenter

Nice thought, but this ad is about a person's right to vote (choosing the nation's future) not personal future.

For a general civil rights restoration message, it would work.

STRTLRS's picture
STRTLRS
1607 pencils

I early-voted for Obama. Take that you freedom lovers of the world!

www.storytellerscreative.com

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I think, therefore... yeah.

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