Million Floridians Will Have Their Voting Rights Restored as Amendment 4 Passes

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

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

Across the country, states are on track to overwhelmingly change the way elections are run.

The measure was placed on the ballot by petition.

"[The measure] would eliminate the constitutional right of local citizens to govern their sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and the management of county finances", the Florida Association of Counties said in statement.

When almost two-thirds of Florida's voters said yes to Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to 1.4 million felons who completed their sentences, they sent a moral message with political consequences that will reverberate in Florida and nationally for years.

"Tonight, in an historic vote, Florida voters have delivered a knock-out blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for almost a century", the Yes on 13 campaign wrote in a statement.

About 1.2 million convicted felons in Florida will automatically have their right to vote restored, thanks to a ballot measure that received about 65 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Supporters said the state's current system was too hard and arbitrary.

The quest to restore voting rights to felons who completed the sentences, including restitution and parole-excluding those convicted of murder and sexual offenses-has the potential to increase the size of the third most populous state's electorate by more than 10 percent (13.2 million Florida voters were registered in 2018).

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Doug Ducey was easily re-elected over a challenge from Democrat David Garcia, a college education professor. Election officials have been slowly counting more than 600,000 outstanding votes in the narrow U.S.

After Jan. 8, the next hurdle will be persuading folks to register to vote.

Maryland will become the 18th state to allow same-day registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. We're going to do it in a way that rallies behind the value that people from all walks of life can get behind. Kirill Reznik, D-Montgomery, who began pushing for same-day registration a decade ago, to The Washington Post. I think how we did it was also helpful. There are two amendments because redistricting unfolds in Colorado on two fronts: congressional districts and state legislative districts.

Four states-Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Utah-created new redistricting systems for their state legislatures, their congressional districts, or both on November 6.

This story has been corrected to show voting rights will be restored when felons have completed their sentence and probation, not when they've completed their sentence or go on probation. The ballot initiative required a supermajority of 60 percent support to pass.

Instead, a new, nonpartisan state demographer will propose maps that a bipartisan commission will then vote on.

Legislators will be responsible for determining the type of photo ID that will qualify. The law will have an outsize effect on the African-American population, who are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than any other group.

Those provisions of the law were struck down in July 2016 by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court refused to revive it a year ago. PIX11 interviewed two men who were able to cast their ballot Tuesday because of that change.

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