Florida Restores Voting Rights to More Than 1.4 Million Ex-Felons

Hugh Fox
November 8, 2018

As a result, Florida still has the highest number of citizens who can not vote of any state, with more than 10% of potential voters prevented from casting ballots.

Florida just added 1.4 million potential voters to its rolls by passing Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions.

The newly approved measure made Florida's ballot after the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, a grassroots membership organization led and ran by formerly convicted persons, collected more than 800,000 signatures needed to qualify the amendment.

The amendment, which had more than 71 percent of the vote, requires Florida voters to approve any expansion of gambling in Florida. When Republican Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, he changed the rules of the process and required people to wait five to seven years before they could begin to apply. You think about 1.4 million people who have been denied the right, even though they have done everything they can.

Unlike Florida, felons in many other states don't lose their rights or lose them only temporarily.

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Opponents argued that the measure treats all felons alike and takes away the ability to judge each individually.

What's going on: The Sunshine State has been turning heads with what has been labeled by some as this year's "most bizarre" ballot initiative.

The target in MA was a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people in their use of public accommodations. "If you look at all these elections that are happening right now, they're all being decided by less than 100,000 votes, maybe less than 200,000".

"Florida voters have kicked open the doors of Tallahassee's back rooms and demanded an end to gambling industry influence in the hallways of the capitol", Sowinski said in a prepared statement.

"For too long, Florida has been an extreme outlier - our state's lifetime voting ban was the single most powerful voter suppression tactic in the country", he said.

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But they failed to win the governor's mansions in OH and Florida, two big states where they'd had hopes for marquee victories. Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.

"One state - Florida - held the balance of power", the authors concluded.

The greyhound measure will ban betting on greyhound races starting in 2021.

While liberal-leaning groups succeeded in getting some of their favored policy proposals on the ballot in Republican-controlled states, the partisan pattern was reversed in a few states.

Conservatives in OR targeted two policies - one allowing use of state money to pay for low-income women to have abortions, the other forbidding law enforcement agencies from using state resources OR personnel to arrest people whose only crime is being in the USA illegally.

Amendment 3, which received about 70percent of the vote, was proposed by Voters in Charge - a political committee largely financed by the Seminole Tribe and Disney.

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