Jewish Groups Helped Florida Felons Gain The Vote

Leroy Wright
November 7, 2018

Whatever the political implications, this is a resounding victory for voting rights.

Currently, more than 1.5 million adults in the state are ineligible to vote because they have felony convictions.

However, that estimate included people convicted of murder and felony sex offenses, who will not be eligible under Amendment 4. "The school board election where my children go, you know, I can't decide who's going to be on their school board", he said.

The passage of Amendment Four with support of 64 percent of voters could reverberate beyond Florida into the 2020 presidential election due to the outsize role the battleground state often plays in deciding close national elections.

For the past seven years, felons have had to wait five years after completing their sentence to even apply to have their voting rights restored. As of 9:45 p.m., the only amendment that was short of getting the required 60 percent voter approval was Amendment 1, which would increase a homestead property-tax exemption. "Florida's lifetime ban on voting by people with a criminal record created the country's largest disenfranchised population".

Shortly after Amendment 4 passed, Trump-aligned Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum in the race for Florida governor.

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"VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society", Rihanna tweeted.

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott instituted a policy requiring any Floridian convicted of a felony to endure a waiting period of at least five years after completing all aspects of their sentences, including parole or probation and paying fines.

At the beginning of 2018, Floridians for a Fair Democracy collected more than 799,000 certified petition signatures, or about 33,000 more than the group needed to get the measure on the ballot.

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. The current process can take more than 10 years to complete and because of the restrictive laws, Florida once barred more former felons than any other 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.

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