Florida Just Voted for a Major Voting Rights Win

Florida residents to vote on felon voter rights initiative

Individuals convicted of murder or felony sex offenses will not regain the ability to vote, however.

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.

While the amendment had support from both liberal and conservative groups, outspoken support for the amendment mostly came from the Democrat side of the aisle among Florida politicians running for midterm elections.

The passing of Amendment 4 is likely to most benefit voters of colour in Florida, where an estimated one-in-five African American voters could not vote due to their criminal records. "We are just ready to go forth and see greater things take place in the state of Florida". Whereas most states prohibit people now in prison from voting and some extend this to probation or parole, Florida was one of four states where felon status permanently removed one's voting rights.

The 1.4 million people affected make up almost a tenth of Florida's voting age population, implying potentially serious changes for the 2020 elections in this critical swing state.

Florida has voted in favor of restoring felons' voting rights automatically on Tuesday night.

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Republicans such as gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Gov. Rick Scott said they were opposed to the matter.

Had the former felons participated, it is not mere speculation that many would have voted for a Democratic ticket headed by Gillum, Tallahassee's charismatic black mayor. "I think it is fair to the rest of the citizens of the state".

Essentially, based on research at Ballotpedia.org, which cites both supporters and opposition of the amendment, Florida Amendment 3 is created to take the legislation of gambling out of hands of legislators and put it into the hands of the citizens.

A Suffolk University poll of 500 voters showed strong support for the amendment, according to News-Press. Meanwhile, the ACLU paid more than $5 million in advertising on TV and via social media to get it passed, according to CNBC.

Florida voters approved an amendment Tuesday that will block the state's legislature from expanding sports betting without a referendum, despite opposition from the NFL's Miami Dolphins, who argued the bill would essentially end efforts to legalize sports wagers.

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