Florida passes initiative to restore felons' voting rights

08 November, 2018, 07:55 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Supporters of Amendment 4 celebrate its passage at an election night watch party in Orlando Florida / CJ Ciaramella  Reason

Voting rights will not be restored to those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.

Owing to those restrictions and barriers, only around 10 percent of the 30,000 people who applied under Scott had their voting rights reinstated, according to the Florida Commission on Offender Review.

This amendment will restore voting rights for Florida residents convicted of felonies but who have completed their prison sentences.

More than a million convicted felons in Florida had their voting rights restored Tuesday.

Amendment 3, which was proposed by Voters in Charge, garnered roughly 71 percent of the vote on Tuesday night.

The goal is "giving citizens, not politicians, a greater voice in the drawing of their voting district lines", said Sam Mar of the Action Now Initiative, which provided more than $7 million in support of the measures.

At the beginning of 2018, Floridians for a Fair Democracy collected more than 799,000 certified petition signatures, or about 33,000 more than the group needed to get the measure on the ballot.

"Amendment 3 is a pernicious and anti-competitive approach to limiting poker and other gaming in the state of Florida for decades to come", said Mark Brenner, President of the Poker Alliance before the vote.

"Remember, nothing is impossible when you have God on your side", said Meade's voicemail, who could not be reached on Wednesday morning but clearly sees this work as a calling. Bill Nelson has already called for a recount and with good reason, the vote is split nearly directly in two in the state along rural and urban lines (see the NY Times' instructive map). Florida is a swing state, and if the close defeats of Democratic incumbent Sen.

But the passage of this amendment to Florida's constitution will go some way to correct this situation. "Certainly Amendment 4 is something that we support and endorse". Donald Trump's presidency was guaranteed after he won Florida by only 112,911 votes. 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. Voters there upheld a law allowing use of state money to pay for low-income women to have abortions, and also reaffirmed a "sanctuary state" law forbidding law enforcement agencies from using state resources or personnel to arrest people whose only crime is being in the USA illegally.

What happens to a person convicted of a felony varies from state to state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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