Florida Votes To Restore Voting Rights To 1.4 Million Former Felons

Election Results Florida Passes Amendment to Restore Voting Rights for Most Felons

Marissa Alexander, who was convicted of aggravated assault in 2012 for firing a warning shot at her husband, who she said abused her, has advocated for the the amendment to restore former felons' right to vote.

The voting restoration amendment excludes those convicted of murder or sex crimes.

A spokesman for Governor Rick Scott said at the time that Florida's process for restoring voting rights to felons had been in place for decades and adhered to U.S. Supreme Court precedent. The Sentencing Project estimated that as of 2016, some six million people were precluded from voting by virtue of their felon status.

Florida was one of only a handful of states that permanently bars felons from voting unless they are granted clemency.

Amendment 4 required 60 percent approval to pass.

The goal is "giving citizens, not politicians, a greater voice in the drawing of their voting district lines", said Sam Mar of the Action Now Initiative, which provided more than $7 million in support of the measures.

What's going on: The Sunshine State has been turning heads with what has been labeled by some as this year's "most bizarre" ballot initiative.

The passage of Amendment 4 in FL is a victory for democracy.

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The amendment, which had more than 71 percent of the vote, requires Florida voters to approve any expansion of gambling in Florida. My hope is it will cause a ripple effect to happen all over the country, because we all need the right to vote-especially individuals who paid their debt to society. Florida is a swing state, and if the close defeats of Democratic incumbent Sen.

Unlike Florida, felons in many other states don't lose their rights or lose them only temporarily.

Another gambling amendment Florida voters approved Tuesday was Amendment 3.

That's a quarter of the total number of people nationwide who are forbidden to vote because of a felony conviction.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce supported the amendment.

"We are on the cusp of history here in Florida", said Delaitre Hollinger, president of the NAACP's Tallahassee branch.

Various other methods of voter suppression likely account for why voter turnout is relatively low among those who have served sentences for felonies, and the lack of a favorite political party demonstrates that people in this category don't necessarily constitute a uniform voting bloc that would benefit one party over another.

Currently, felons must wait a minimum of five years after completing their sentences to apply for restoration of their voting rights.

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