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    Florida passes Amendment Four, restoring voting rights to convicted felons

    Florida passes Amendment Four, restoring voting rights to convicted felons

    David Knowles
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    ,Yahoo NewsNovember 6, 2018

    Voters in Florida have passed Amendment Four, automatically restoring voting rights to convicted felons who have served out their prison term.

    At least 60 percent of voters must approve an amendment to the state’s constitution for it to become law, and the Associated Press projected Amendment Four had cleared that threshold.


    The passage of the amendment could have a profound impact on Florida’s political landscape, as felons make up nearly 10 percent of the adult population in the state. An estimated 1.5 million disenfranchised Floridians will now be eligible to vote in the next election.


    Voters line up at a community center in Hollywood, Fla., Nov. 6, 2018. (Photo: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS) More

    The restriction that denied felons the right to vote originated in the state’s post-Civil War constitution as a way to prevent freed slaves from voting.


    Former Gov. Charlie Crist changed the state’s rules in 2007, reinstating voting rights to thousands of felons.

    In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott imposed a five-year waiting period after a felon’s release from prison and required a formal hearing before their voting rights could be restored.


    Supporters of Amendment Four gathered 800,000 signatures of registered voters in order to have it included on the midterm ballot. Scott and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis were opposed to the amendment, while Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum supported it.

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    WOW...10% of the population are felons?

    Hmmm...what are their nationalities? What countries did they come from?

    The public should have a break down of that information before they cast that vote!
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    In 2016, more than 418,000 black people out of a black voting-age population of more than 2.3 million, or 17.9 percent of potential black voters in Florida, had finished sentences but couldn't vote due to a felony record, according to the Sentencing Project.4 days ago

    Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot ...
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    I support Amendment Four. Government should not be able to pass laws, convict citizens and remove their right to vote, that is a road to tyranny as sure as 1 + 1 = 2.
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    Some Cuban felons, including 2,000 murders, could face deportation ...

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    Jan 13, 2017 - Of the total facing deportations, about 18,000 live in Florida. ... Under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, any Cuban who enters the country can ...
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    Now that Florida restores voting rights to 1.5 million ex-felons, will ...

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    4 days ago - This means that 1.5 million U.S. citizens in Florida automatically regained their ... Florida votes to change its felony disenfranchisement laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezer View Post
    WOW...10% of the population are felons?

    Hmmm...what are their nationalities? . . .
    Now that Florida restores voting rights to 1.5 million ex-felons, will ...
    https://www.marketwatch.com › Economy & Politics › The Conversation
    4 days ago - This means that 1.5 million U.S. citizens in Florida automatically regained their ... Florida votes to change its felony disenfranchisement laws.
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