Florida grants felons who have served their time the right to vote

Florida residents to vote on felon voter rights initiative

They're banning what? Why Florida's strange ballot initiative is raising eyebrows

The amendment restores voting rights to ex-felons who completed their sentences, although people convicted of murder or felony sex offences were excluded.

Basically, casinos would need 60 percent approval to get a casino greenlit, and good luck getting 60 percent of Floridians to do anything at one time outside of drive terribly.

More than 64 percent of Florida voters had cast ballots for Amendment 4, which is created to restore voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million felons who have completed their sentences.

"'Kol hakavod' to the Reform Jewish communities in Florida - and across the USA - who organized and mobilized to make this happen", the national Religious Action Center said on Twitter, using the Hebrew term for "well done".

The voters apparently listened, passing Amendment 4, and re-enfranchising some 1.4 million potential voters.

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A number of major Jewish philanthropists contributed to the campaign, including George Soros, Seth Klarman and Stacy Schusterman.

Thirty-three states have various laws disenfranchising felony offenders and those under law enforcement supervision, impacting an estimated 6.1 million potential voters, according to a 2016 Sentencing Project report. "Our victory today shows that if we unify around our shared values, reaching out across parties and beyond politics as usual, we all win".

As black people are disproportionately represented among former felons, one in five black Florida voters are prohibited from voting due to a criminal record.

Prior to the state constitutional amendment's passage, as Ari Berman reported for Mother Jones, Florida was "one of only four states that prevent ex-felons from voting even after they've paid their debt to society".

Tallahassee mayor and Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum waves at supporters after casting his ballot with his children on November 6, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla.

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The measure was placed on the ballot by petition.

It seems both obvious and astonishing: No one who will benefit from Amendment 4 voted for it.

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate who has conceded in Florida's gubernatorial race, supported the measure while his opponent, Republican Ron DeSantis, opposed it.

Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses the Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 8, 2018.

In a statement, ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon celebrated what he called "one of the largest expansions of the franchise in our nation's history" but warned that the fight was not over.

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