Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Floridians vote to restore voting rights to most felons

Floridians vote to restore voting rights to most felons

The current system significantly affects African-Americans in the state: More than 20 percent of otherwise eligible African-American adults are unable to vote under this process.

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

Felons will get voting rights automatically restored after serving their sentences, vaping in workplaces will be illegal and greyhound racing will be banned in Florida under a series of constitutional amendments approved Tuesday. In April, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo restored the voting rights of an estimated 24,000 people who are now on probation or parole. It was the first-ever statewide vote on this question, occurring as President Donald Trump's administration moves to weaken civil rights protections for transgender Americans. However, according to a Vox analysis of the voting habits of people previously convicted of felonies in states where they have voting rights, this group tends to vote at low rates and does not have a clear partisan bias.

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.

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

"I pay taxes. I'm a USA citizen".

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

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. Bill Nelson and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, supported Amendment 4.

Shortly after taking office in 2007, then-Republican Governor Charlie Crist persuaded two of the state's three Cabinet members to approve rules that would allow the parole commission to restore voting rights for nonviolent felons without a hearing. "It's one of the most bad processes this state has ever invented". The board meets four times a year. In Virginia, however, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has continued a policy begun under his predecessor of personally aggressively restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions.

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.

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