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

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"As expected, Floridians have affirmed that they are opposed to offshore oil drilling and furthermore believe that they have the right to breath clean air when in enclosed workspaces", said Constitution Revision Commission member Lisa Carlton, a former state senator, said in a statement to The News Service of Florida.

Virginia, Iowa and Kentucky remain the only states with permanent disenfranchisement policies on the books. His predecessor, Democrat Charlie Crist, had granted this right to 150,000 felons during his single term in office. But only about a quarter of Florida's overall felon population is black. "We want to make sure all 1.4 million people register to vote first of all, that's really important".

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"By their overwhelming vote in support of Amendment 3, Florida voters have given the people - not the politicians and lobbyists - control over casino gambling", said John Sowinski, president of Voters in Charge, the political committee behind the initiative. "Such evidence can not support the stronger claim that Trump would have lost the state in 2016 but for criminal disenfranchisement". The games sat at the center of a July 2018 fight between the state and the Seminole Tribe, which pays $250 million a year in exchange for the rights to operate "banked" card games, such as blackjack, at the tribe's casinos. 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 US history since women's suffrage. "Our victory today shows that if we unify around our shared values, reaching out across parties and beyond politics as usual, we all win".

For the past several years, Miami's Desmond Meade has been one of the driving forces behind the rights-restoration movement. Bill Nelson has already called for a recount and with good reason, the vote is split nearly directly in two in the state along rural and urban lines (see the NY Times' instructive map). That's what happens when we transcend partisan lines and bickering, when we transcend racial anxieties and when we come together as God's children. Academics studying ex-felon voting report that anywhere between single digits to 35 percent of these eligible voters cast ballots.

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Currently, Florida is home to the 10th largest incarceration rate in America (513 prisoners to every 100,000 residents) according to the latest numbers reported by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2016. "It's the right thing to do".

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