Florida residents to vote on felon voter rights initiative

Arturo Kim
November 8, 2018

Amendment 4 will not apply to people who were convicted of murder or felony sex crimes, according to the Tampa Bay Times. You think about 1.4 million people who have been denied the right, even though they have done everything they can.

There are now 1.5 million ineligible voters in the Sunshine State who due to felony convictions. For years, the vast majority of disenfranchised felons were non-violent offenders who served their sentences, but were still unable to vote.

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Within a year, more than 100,000 ex-felons were granted voting rights. "A few exceedingly well-financed special interests are driving a ballot initiative that is mislabeled and anti-consumer in the State of Florida".

Tuesday night, he celebrated the passage of Amendment 4 as a victory for all Floridians.

Florida started permanently barring felons from voting after the Civil War as Congress forced states to ratify the 13th and 14th Amendments guaranteeing all men the right to vote.

"This is proof when you speak up and work hard and fight for something you believe in, good things will happen", Stratemann said.

On Tuesday night, voters made a decision to keep the exclusive right to decide to authorize expansions of casino gambling in Florida.

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The Florida constitution, with Jim Crow-era roots, barred people from voting even after having completed their sentences. Florida is a swing state, and if the close defeats of Democratic incumbent Sen.

Florida's measure on felon voting rights was among those placed on the ballot by citizen initiative.

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"Florida voters have kicked open the doors of Tallahassee's back rooms and demanded an end to gambling industry influence in the hallways of the capitol", Sowinski said in a prepared statement.

One of them includes Florida Amendment 3, which would apparently block sports gambling in the state of Florida.

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott instituted a policy requiring any Floridian convicted of a felony to endure a waiting period of at least five years after completing all aspects of their sentences, including parole or probation and paying fines.

Essentially, based on research at Ballotpedia.org, which cites both supporters and opposition of the amendment, Florida Amendment 3 is created to take the legislation of gambling out of hands of legislators and put it into the hands of the citizens.

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