Florida felons had their right to vote restored on Tuesday, potentially increasing the number of voters by 1.4 million. The amendment to allow felons to vote was decided by voters last November, who approved it by nearly 65%. Felons excluded are those convicted of murder or sex offenses.
- Should the 3 remaining states that barre felons from voting follow Florida’s example?
- Will this have a sinificant impact on Florida elections?
MIAMI – The right to vote was restored for most Florida felons as of Tuesday, increasing the pool of eligible voters by as many as 1.4 million people in a battleground state infamous for its narrow margins in key elections. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition planned to get people together over breakfast before registering online or going to their local election supervisors’ offices to fill out the forms.
“We are encouraging our members to celebrate,” said organization’s president, Desmond Meade. “Our members are going into the supervisor of elections with their loved ones. And that is very key- with their loved ones- because we really want to highlight that concept of love.”
“I’ll be a human being again. I’ll be an American citizen again,” Robert Eckford said, choking up and weeping after filling out an application at the elections supervisor’s office in Orlando.