Million Floridians Will Have Their Voting Rights Restored as Amendment 4 Passes

08 November, 2018, 07:54 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Election Results Florida Passes Amendment to Restore Voting Rights for Most Felons

Those who committed sexual offenses or murder are excluded from having their ability to vote restored. The naming-rights sponsor of their home venue certainly has an interest in it being easier to expand gambling in the state of Florida.

Scott had previously worked to re-enfranchise felons on a case-by-case basis (prior to the passage of Amendment 4, former felons could obtain re-enfranchisement contingent on the assent of the governor and his cabinet).

The outcome in MA was a huge relief to LGBT-rights activists, who feared that a vote to repeal the 2016 law would prompt a wave of similar efforts to roll back protections in other states.

With 81 percent reporting on Tuesday evening, the ballot measure surpassed the 60 percent threshold needed, securing support from 64.1 percent of voters. For years, the vast majority of disenfranchised felons were non-violent offenders who served their sentences, but were still unable to vote.

Previously, Florida was one of just four states in the USA that automatically and permanently revoked voting rights from anyone who had been convicted of a felony-level crime. "This is huge. 1.4 million Floridians will have their voting rights restored". It faced little organized opposition.

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Florida is known as an important and nearly always too-close-to-call state in any American election, but today was an especially big day for the state.

Within a year, more than 100,000 ex-felons were granted voting rights. "I think it is fair to the rest of the citizens of the state".

An additional 1.2 million voters could be a game-changer in a state with notoriously close races.

Jessica Jones (center) speaks to people gathered around the Ben & Jerry's "Yes on 4" Truck about Florida's Amendment 4 initiative at Charles Hadley Park in Miami, on October 22.

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Throughout the campaign, the ballot measure gained star-studded support from the likes of "Orange Is The New Black" author Piper Chapman, John Legend, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, NFL stars like Warrick Dunn and even the Koch-backed Freedom Partners. Meanwhile, the ACLU paid more than $5 million in advertising on TV and via social media to get it passed, according to CNBC.

According to the Florida Constitution, the amendment must be implemented by the second Tuesday in January.

"Today, when democratic values are on the defensive worldwide", he said, "Florida voters made a resoundingly clear statement that the state's shameful lifetime ban on voting is not consistent with the values of democracy". During those four years, policies enacted by then-Gov.

About 10 percent of Florida's population has a felony conviction, as the Intercept reported, and people of color are overrepresented in this demographic; one in five African-Americans in Florida have a felony conviction, a legacy of the war on drugs.

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