Florida voters approve Amendment 4 on restoring felons’ voting rights

Election Results Florida Passes Amendment to Restore Voting Rights for Most Felons

The amendment, which needed a threshold of 60 percent to pass, restores voting rights to rehabilitated ex-felons, except those convicted of murder or sex crimes.

Like every amendment on every ballot in every election, this is extremely confusing.

In a triumphant victory for voting reform advocates, Florida voters on Tuesday passed a ballot amendment to restore voting rights to 1.4 million residents with felony convictions.

"'Kol hakavod' to the Reform Jewish communities in Florida - and across the US - who organized and mobilized to make this happen", the national Religious Action Center said on Twitter, using the Hebrew term for "well done".

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates 1.4 million convicted felons will now have the ability to vote in Florida.

Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia joined Florida in felony disenfranchisement, which dates back to the Reconstruction Era when many politicians sought ways to prevent African Americans from voting after the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870. One out of every 13 African-Americans in the USA has lost their voting rights due to felony disenfranchisement laws, compared to one in every 56 non-black voters, the Sentencing Project report said.

Priyanka celebrates bachelorette party with bride brigade
In the second set of pictures, she slipped into a bright mustard-red sweater and a checkered skirt. Earlier this week, pictures of Priyanka' fun-filled bachelorette, went insane viral.

Election Day 2018: Where To Vote, What’s On The Ballot, And More
Ryan, who was speaking from an unidentified polling site, suggested the machines were also jamming because of the two-page ballot. That decision usually rests with local election officials who go over the provisional ballots after the election, the group says.

Five arrested over video of burning Grenfell effigy on bonfire
But raucous laughter can be heard off-camera, with several bystanders speaking with southern English accents. Tom Swarbrick challenges an LBC listener who insists the Grenfell Tower effigy video is "hilarious".

"Right about now, we can presently say that we have made history", said Rhonda Thomas, manager of the "Let My People Vote" campaign.

In Florida, as in most of the U.S., black people are arrested, convicted and jailed in disproportionate numbers.

Florida has voted in favor of restoring felons' voting rights automatically on Tuesday night.

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.

Our Revolution president Nina Turner said in a statement that "tonight's passage of Amendment 4, commonly referred to as 'Second Chances, ' shows that we, as a country, are moving towards a more just, equitable society that lives up to the value of 'one person, one vote'".

Shortly after Amendment 4 passed, Trump-aligned Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum in the race for Florida governor. The current process can take more than 10 years to complete and because of the restrictive laws, Florida once barred more former felons than any other state.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lion Air jet's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on four flights
Nov 07, 2018 - 10:01
The NTSB, which conducts accident investigations and is assisting Indonesia in the probe, didn't respond to a request for comment. Lion Air owner, Rusdi Kirana, right, stands up during the conference.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Racist robocall in Georgia targets Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey
Nov 07, 2018 - 09:50
Winfrey has always been rumored to be a 2020 presidential candidate, but she quelled those rumors in her Thursday speech . Winfrey will be joining Abrams on the campaign trail. "Canvassing for #StaceyAbramsforGovernor", Winfrey posted .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NBA star Kyrie Irving ditches ball into stands after ‘bulls--- move’
Nov 07, 2018 - 08:46
Jamal Murray interrupted the greatest scoring night by a Nuggets player in nearly eight years to perform a rare feat. I know half the team over there, so no hard feelings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Truex Jr. Overcomes Multiple Setbacks to Finish 9th in Texas
Nov 07, 2018 - 07:55
Harvick also won both stages at the 1 1/2-mile Texas track, the fourth time this season he did that and went on to win the race. Truex Jr.is the driver who is now on the bubble right above the Championship 4 cut line, as he trails Busch by three points .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Why Arsenal v Liverpool is a must watch
Nov 07, 2018 - 05:32
Emery could face problems in defence , however, with full-backs Hector Bellerin , Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac all doubts. The characteristics each player has is very important and Iwobi can impact high in the match.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ted Cruz Meets Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Gets Roasted
Nov 07, 2018 - 05:18
"I'm not saying Ted Cruz supports racist policies, but he was just given the 9 AM hour of Today show", Triumph snarked. First, Triumph visited the O'Rourke camp, where he mocked the candidate's attempt at punk music in the 1990s.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Salah and Firmino chasing Rush in Red Star tie
Nov 07, 2018 - 04:01
Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool "have to do better" after they were beaten 2-0 by Red Star Belgrade in Serbia on Tuesday night. And the German knows the game won't be easy, saying: "It will be really tough and we have to be ready for that".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top That's Not Oprah on Georgia's 'Racist' Robocalls About Stacey Abrams
Nov 07, 2018 - 03:49
Karen Handel faces a challenge from Lucy McBath in a race Inside Elections rates Lean Republican . That total is almost twice the number purged between 2008 and 2012, the group said in a report .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Charges filed in hit-and-run that killed 4 in Wisconsin
Nov 07, 2018 - 03:13
The victims were among seven children and five adults who were working in the ditches along the roadway. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oil Up as US Imposes Sanctions on Iran
Nov 07, 2018 - 02:59
Americans cast votes on Tuesday to decide whether Donald Trump's Republicans maintain their grip on the US Congress, or if. However, the US has granted eight temporary waivers to countries that will let them wind down their imports over time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of USA midterm elections
Nov 07, 2018 - 02:32
Facebook also disclosed sophisticated attempts from Russian Federation to interfere with elections and promote political discord in the U.S.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top England's 35-man squad to face New Zealand
Nov 06, 2018 - 20:43
Some of you guys over here, I think you called them "confetti caps", which I thought was pretty disrespectful to the jersey. But there's a lot of good coaches out there. "It'll be a proper game of rugby".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lowe's announces closure of 51 U.S. and Canadian stores
Nov 06, 2018 - 20:15
Lowe's and its related businesses operate or service almost 2,400 locations and employ more than 310,000 people. News of the most recent closures caused Lowe's stock to increase by 48 cents to $97.29 as of this afternoon.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Speculation mounts that Meghan Markle's mum will move to UK
Nov 06, 2018 - 20:13
The Queen usually spends Christmas and New Year's at her Sandringham estate, with members of her family often joining her. The royal family reportedly exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, though extravagant presents aren't in the cards here.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russian Federation to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation
Nov 06, 2018 - 19:43
There are reports however that Russian Federation has also invited some of Afghanistan's mainstream politicians to the summit. General Scott Miller attends a meeting in the Kandahar Governor's Compaund in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2018.