Florida restores felons’ voting rights, impacting 1.5 million citizens

For Yraida Guanipa, an activist released from prison more than 10 years ago who currently defends other ex-convicts' human rights the change

Across the country, states are on track to overwhelmingly change the way elections are run.

Throughout the campaign, the ballot measure gained star-studded support from the likes of "Orange Is The New Black" author Piper Chapman, John Legend, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, NFL stars like Warrick Dunn and even the Koch-backed Freedom Partners. Before yesterday, the only way to regain voter rights was by being granted clemency by the governor.

Constitutional Amendment 4 proposes to immediately restore the lost right to the vast majority of people with felony convictions who have completed their sentences, excluding only those convicted of murder or sex offenses. Amendment Y would create a commission to redraw congressional boundaries after the 2020 census; Amendment Z will/would have do/done the same for state legislative redistricting. More than 20 percent of otherwise eligible black voters in Florida are unable to vote because of it. The Washington Post estimated the number was closet to 1.6 million.

Supporters said the state's current system was too hard and arbitrary.

Several states now prevent convicted felons from voting, but only three states - Florida, Kentucky and Iowa - withhold the right after sentences have been completed.

After Jan. 8, the next hurdle will be persuading folks to register to vote. We're going to do it in a way that rallies behind the value that people from all walks of life can get behind. "A few exceedingly well-financed special interests are driving a ballot initiative that is mislabeled and anti-consumer in the State of Florida". "In Maryland, I'm proud of everything we've done to open it". There are two amendments because redistricting unfolds in Colorado on two fronts: congressional districts and state legislative districts. That means state lawmakers could put together new legislation to implement the Voting Restoration Amendment. Louisiana voters approved an amendment in 1998 which prevented convicted felons from seeking or holding public office for 15 years following the completion of their sentences, however, this was struck down by the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2016. It will also allow voters to request an absentee ballot for any reason.

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Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Attorney General Mike DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for OH governor. Some of the states where the Democrats finished strong included Pennsylvania, New York , and Florida.

By 11 p.m. Tuesday, it had only garnered 58 percent of votes.

Legislators will be responsible for determining the type of photo ID that will qualify. A disproportionate share of those arrested and incarcerated in Florida are minorities, particularly African Americans.

Studies have shown disenfranchisement tends to take more votes from Democratic candidates.

Several states, including New Jersey and DE, have already entered the sports betting market since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on the controversial pastime last May.

The ballot initiative for Amendment 4 to Florida's Constitution could majorly affect future elections in the swing state, which has been known for its very tight voting outcomes.

The amendment, which passed with more than 65 percent of the vote, will amend the constitution to state that "only a citizen" of the US can vote in federal, state and local elections.

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