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Florida Will Restore Voting Rights To Felons

Summary:

An amendment to the Florida constitution won over 60% of the vote Tuesday and will restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences. The majority of U.S. states return voting rights to felons after the individual fulfills a range of requirements, but in Florida the process previously could take up to a decade. Previously, felons had to appeal to a clemency board five years after finishing their sentences. Only 3000 had their vote returned over the last 7 years.

Questions:

  • Should ex-felons be able to vote without waiting for 5 years?
  • Will the 1.5 million felons swing Florida Democratic?

Article:

Florida will restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

Under the newly passed law, Florida will return voting rights to an estimated 1.5 million felons who have completed the terms of their sentence, including parole and probation. It does not apply to felons convicted of murder or sex offenses.

The constitutional amendment required approval by 60 percent of Florida voters to pass.

Three polls taken in the days leading up to the election indicated support for the proposal was stronger than 60 percent, but supporters feared voter drop-off on down-ballot issues threatened passage of the issue.

The majority of U.S. states return voting rights to felons after the individual fulfills a range of requirements, but in Florida the process previously could take up to a decade.

Read More: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/415021-florida-will-restore-voting-rights-to-felons

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