Florida returns vote to 1.5 million ex-felons

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They could then apply to the state to get their rights restored, but the decision was up to a four-person clemency board headed up by Scott.

Other amendments passed in Florida on Tuesday included a move to give voters the ability to authorise or reject casino gambling, and another imposing limitations on property tax assessments.

Within a year, more than 100,000 ex-felons were granted voting rights.

With the passage of Amendment 4, as many as 1.5 million Floridians will be re-enfranchised ahead of the next election.

"By their overwhelming vote in support of Amendment 3, Florida voters have given the people - not the politicians and lobbyists - control over casino gambling", said John Sowinski, president of Voters in Charge, the political committee behind the initiative.

"Remember, nothing is impossible when you have God on your side", said Meade's voicemail, who could not be reached on Wednesday morning but clearly sees this work as a calling.

The outcome in MA was a huge relief to LGBT-rights activists, who feared that a vote to repeal the 2016 law would prompt a wave of similar efforts to roll back protections in other states.

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Many states have conservative policies that disenfranchise voters (often, especially, people of color) but Florida is among the nation's worst offenders. "A USA district judge found Florida's current system arbitrary and unconstitutional in March, and the case is under appeal", the Pensacola News-Journal reported on Tuesday evening.

According to the Florida Constitution, the amendment must be implemented by the second Tuesday in January.

Meade, a felon who went on to earn a law degree, had to wait three years to get his voting rights restored.

Conservatives in OR targeted two policies - one allowing use of state money to pay for low-income women to have abortions, the other forbidding law enforcement agencies from using state resources OR personnel to arrest people whose only crime is being in the US illegally.

Only in Florida, Kentucky, and Iowa are former felons barred from voting even after they have completed their sentences.

"When transgender rights are being threatened nationally, we absolutely must preserve the rights we have secured at the state level", said Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of MA.

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.

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