Voters line up behind constitutional amendments

Florida residents to vote on felon voter rights initiative

Floridians have come out in favor of Amendment 4, restoring voting rights for felons who have finished their sentences or are on probation.

For many voters, the ballot item was a no-brainer.

Update: Tonight voters in Florida voted in favor of restoring voting riots to 1.2 million convicted felons. As the Daily Beast reports, Democratic candidates campaigned hard on Amendment 4, whereas Republican candidates mostly kept quiet about the amendment, despite the fact that it's not a controversial policy.

The goal is "giving citizens, not politicians, a greater voice in the drawing of their voting district lines", said Sam Mar of the Action Now Initiative, which provided more than $7 million in support of the measures.

"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.

Separately, Florida's process of restoring voting rights to felons is winding its way through an appeals court case.

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"If we want people returning to society to be productive, law abiding citizens, we need to treat them like full-fledged citizens", Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden wrote in his endorsement.

"It makes no sense to the average voter why they were put together", retired University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus said, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The only way people can get the right to vote back is if the governor decides to grant it to them through a process that takes years.

"For too long, Florida has been an extreme outlier - our state's lifetime voting ban was the single most powerful voter suppression tactic in the country", he said.

"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. They served their time. "It would be groundbreaking. a game changer".

Election Day 2018 is behind us, but it assured that at least one thing will be very different in 2020: the number of eligible voters in Florida. "And without the ability to address it legislatively and the agility that that requires, you're going to create real problems within the state of Florida, and you'll end up creating a monopoly for the Seminole Tribe", Senate President Bill Galvano told the News Service of Florida. "Visit buff.ly/2PlRl9L to find your polling location, and keep in mind to bring your current, valid photo ID with a signature".

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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