More Than 1 Million People Had Their Voting Rights Restored In Florida

More Than 1 Million People Had Their Voting Rights Restored In Florida

More Than 1 Million People Had Their Voting Rights Restored In Florida

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.

Paulson said there may be some new voters because of the amendment, but don't expect a million to register.

The state also approved a wide-ranging amendment that will allow people to register to vote on Election Day and will institute automatic voter registration.

"Every community is impacted by this", Volz said. 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. 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.

This amendment doesn't trigger any change to the voting process in the state, but it does change the North Dakota Constitution to emphasize that voters must be citizens of the U.S.to cast ballots.

The issue had widespread support from groups ranging from the NAACP to the Christian Coalition and the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"We celebrate one of the largest expansions of the franchise in our nation's history", wrote ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon in a statement. "You have to focus on not how many votes we got, but the breadth of support". It would not apply to felons convicted of murder and sex offenses.

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"This was not a political vote". We speak with Desmond Meade, who spearheaded the fight for Amendment 4.

Proponents of the amendment said that approximately 60 percent of Florida homeowners would have benefited from the tax break, saving about $750 per year in property taxes. It required felons to wait at least five years after completing their sentence before they could file a request with the governor and Cabinet - who then considered the requests individually. Donald Trump's presidency was guaranteed after he won Florida by only 112,911 votes.

After Jan. 8, the next hurdle will be persuading folks to register to vote.

"This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters", the amendment says. He was shocked to discover she had once been convicted of a felony and that it took 10 years for her to get her rights back.

"I am a changed individual".

"Western and northeastern states have led the way on legalizing marijuana, but the victory in MI powerfully demonstrates the national reach of this movement", said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, who questioned how long the federal government could resist the legalization wave. "I've been clean, but I couldn't vote in the (2016) presidential election".

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