Florida approves ballot measure to restore voting rights to former felons

Florida residents to vote on felon voter rights initiative

There are just 17 greyhound tracks left in the United States, and Florida is now home to 11 of them.

Those were the first notable results as voters in 37 states considered an array of intriguing ballot measures - ranging from marijuana legalization to boosting the minimum wage to civil rights protections for transgender people.

Floridians voted on Tuesday to pass Amendment 4, which restores the right to vote for convicted felons who have already finished serving their full sentence and who were not convicted of either murder or sexual crimes.

More than 66 percent of Floridians voted for Amendment 2, a proposal put forward by the Florida Legislature.

Given this information, Meredith and Morse say there's no reason to believe Hillary Clinton would have won Florida in the 2016 presidential election if the state's felons had been allowed to vote.

Florida added 1.4 million possible voters to the rolls when it passed Amendment 4, a measure restoring the voting rights of felons who have served their sentences. Kirill Reznik, D-Montgomery, who began pushing for same-day registration a decade ago, to The Washington Post.

While liberal-leaning groups succeeded in getting some of their favored policy proposals on the ballot in Republican-controlled states, the partisan pattern was reversed in Democratic-leaning OR and MA. "As we grow as a society I think that should be reflected in our criminal justice system".

MI also passed a law significantly changing the way the state's political lines are drawn for congressional and state legislative districts. Millions of people were banned from voting for the rest of their lives, and that was an offense to folks who live in the state.

An additional 1.2 million voters could be a game-changer in a state with notoriously close races.

For many voters, the ballot item was a no-brainer.

At least 60 percent of voters had to approve it for Amendment 4 to become law.

Proposals to change the redistricting process so it's potentially less partisan were approved in Missouri, Colorado and MI.

Instead, a new, nonpartisan state demographer will propose maps that a bipartisan commission will then vote on. "Visit buff.ly/2PlRl9L to find your polling location, and keep in mind to bring your current, valid photo ID with a signature".

Virginia, Iowa and Kentucky remain the only states with permanent disenfranchisement policies on the books. A disproportionate share of those arrested and incarcerated in Florida are minorities, particularly African Americans.

Those provisions of the law were struck down in July 2016 by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court refused to revive it a year ago.

Supporters of the amendment argued for months that preventing former inmates from voting unfairly disenfranchised men and women who had repaid their debt to society, and prevented them from fully integrating back into society.

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 pay taxes, work to improve my community and am a productive member of society".

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