In Historic Move, Florida Approves Automatically Restoring Voting Rights To Felons

In Historic Move, Florida Approves Automatically Restoring Voting Rights To Felons

In Historic Move, Florida Approves Automatically Restoring Voting Rights To Felons

Before the result, Florida was one of the four states that did not restore voting rights to felons after serving their sentences.

In a triumphant victory for voting reform advocates, Florida voters on Tuesday passed a ballot amendment to restore voting rights to 1.4 million residents with felony convictions. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.

"Voters in Florida have endorsed a historic advance in democracy for the United States by adopting Amendment 4", Marc Mauer, the executive director of the sentencing project said in a statement.

Approximately 1.4 million convicted felons will have the right to vote due to a ballot that received about 65 percent of the vote on November 6.

In 22 other states, they lose their rights until they complete the terms of their sentence, such as parole.

Opponents argued that the measure treats all felons alike and takes away the ability to judge each individually. Amendment 4 was one of 13 ballot initiatives that Floridians considered this year, but it has received the most national attention, as it enfranchises the largest population in USA history since women's suffrage.

The measure passed with 64.4% support, officials said. Many are laws that prevent people now in prison from voting while others are laws that prevent people from voting until they have finished parol or probation. The sport remains active in five other states, but may be too small-scale to survive. "It's not Republican or Democrat, it's a human thing". It was considered a win for the state's clemency process.

The target in MA was a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people in their use of public accommodations. Florida did have a system established by Governor Rick Scott to restore voting rights to released felons, but the process often took years of work before someone could get a hearing for their civil rights to be restored, which was not guaranteed.

Most states have some voting restrictions for people convicted of felonies.

OR and its northern neighbor, Washington, each had measures that would prohibit local governments from imposing new taxes on soda or grocery items.

Climate change also was an issue in Arizona and Nevada, where voters considered measures requiring that 50 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

Curiously, slavery also was on the Colorado ballot.

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