Florida to Give Former Felons the Franchise

Florida to Give Former Felons the Franchise

Florida to Give Former Felons the Franchise

Promised tax cuts are always popular with voters, and most local government officials expect Amendment 1 to pass November 6 by the needed 60 percent majority.

Florida is known as an important and nearly always too-close-to-call state in any American election, but today was an especially big day for the state. The ballot initiative will serve to restore voting rights to residents with felony records. Democrats were three times more likely to be affected by the ban than their Republican counterparts.

Indeed, 64 percent of Floridians agreed to restore felons' voting rights, according to the Associated Press.

"You just can't explain these numbers based on some mystical theory that there's no racial bias involved", he said. For nonblack former felons, the majority - 40 percent - became registered Republicans. That could alter the future election landscape in the nation's most populous swing state.

Those with felony convictions will now have their voting rights restored automatically if they've completed their sentences, including parole and probation. Currently, the constitution reads that "every citizen" of the USA can vote, according to Ballotpedia.

Washington voters also had a chance to toughen background checks for people buying semi-automatic rifles and to make their state the first to charge a direct fee on carbon pollution to fight climate change.

"I feel that this is the right thing and the right direction for the state of Florida to go", Sykes said. During those four years, policies enacted by then-Gov. "I've been clean, but I couldn't vote in the (2016) presidential election".

It is impossible to talk about Amendment 4's passage without noting its political impact one day after the state's two top Democrats apparently lost by very close margins-even though the moral and inspiration dimensions of the campaign can not be ignored. Senator Rick Scott won by a measly 0.4% over his Democratic opponent Bill Nelson.

In the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, MA voters on Tuesday beat back a repeal attempt and reaffirmed a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people, including their use of public bathrooms and locker rooms.

Only in Florida, Kentucky, and Iowa are former felons barred from voting even after they have completed their sentences. After the waiting period, applications have to be personally approved by the governor and three cabinet members. The state did allow clemency hearings, but it was an idiosyncratic process with a backlog of 10,000 cases. The American Civil Liberties Union, Catholic bishops, a political action committee connected to the conservative Koch brothers and singer John Legend all supported the amendment, according to The Washington Post. Support for the change consists of 70 percent with 21 percent opposed and 8 percent undecided.

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