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Over 1 Million Florida Felons Win Right To Vote With Amendment 4

Over 1 Million Florida Felons Win Right To Vote With Amendment 4

Scott has said, "If you are a convicted felon part of what you did is you lose your rights and there ought to be a process to get those rights back".

According to the Sentencing Project's 2016 estimates, the measure will benefit almost 1.5 million people in Florida who have completed their felony sentences but can't vote.

Those with felony convictions will now have their voting rights restored automatically if they've completed their sentences, including parole and probation.

Former offenders in Florida could petition the governor for clemency to have their voting rights restored, but in 2011 then-governor Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate this year, rewrote the rules, making Florida the toughest state in the U.S. for felons to regain their voting rights.

Of note on the supporting side of the amendment (meaning they want the citizen vote) was the Walt Disney Company - hello tourism competition - and the Seminole Tribe of Florida - hello casino competition - along with other organizations around the state. And by passing Amendment 9, Floridians voted to ban both indoor vaping and offshore oil and gas drilling.

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 Democratic-leaning OR and MA. "Everyone has people who have been affected". "When your time is done, it's done". Amendment 4 was driven to the ballot by Floridians for a Fair Democracy, which launched the Second Chances campaign in support of the amendment in January, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

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"This victory is the culmination of decades of hard work", said the ACLU of Florida in a statement.

Felon disenfranchisement also disproportionately affects black residents.

Shortly after Amendment 4 passed, Trump-aligned Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum in the race for Florida governor.

This is the most significant expansion of voting rights in America since the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granted votes to women in 1920 and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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.

Another gambling amendment Florida voters approved Tuesday was Amendment 3.


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