Florida grants felons who have served their time the right to vote

Florida grants felons who have served their time the right to vote

But some activists criticized the amendment for excluding individuals convicted of murder or sex crimes.

Those with felony convictions will now have their voting rights restored automatically if they've completed their sentences, including parole and probation. Those people will still be barred from voting unless their rights are restored by the state clemency board, which consists of the governor and the three cabinet officers (attorney general, chief financial officer and commissioner of agriculture and consumer services).

All U.S. states except for ME and Vermont bar felons from voting while they are incarcerated, but most restore that right when the inmate is released or following a period of parole or probation.

Climate change also was an issue in Arizona and Nevada, where voters considered measures requiring that 50 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The win is a big victory for voting rights and the rights of formerly incarcerated people. The measure drew strong support and financial backing from the Walt Disney Company and the Seminole Tribe of Indians, which operates casinos in the state. According to nonprofit group, Public Citizen, this not only "repeal [s] one of the country's worst Jim Crow laws, it's also the largest expansion in voting rights since the Voting Rights Act".

A frequently cited study from 2002 says if Florida had allowed felons to vote, Al Gore might have defeated George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election. Florida is a swing state, and if the close defeats of Democratic incumbent Sen.

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But Dyche insisted: "There's work to be done but the mentality on show today was very positive". "It's the first time we've had a sticky spell in quite a long time, but it's fuel for us".

According to the Florida Constitution, the amendment must be implemented by the second Tuesday in January. Desmond Meade is the president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.

While many voters on the left side of the spectrum are having mixed feelings about some of the midterm turnouts, voters in Florida made history voting in a progressive piece of legislation known as Amendment 4.

"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. Voters there upheld a law allowing use of state money to pay for low-income women to have abortions, and also reaffirmed a "sanctuary state" law forbidding law enforcement agencies from using state resources or personnel to arrest people whose only crime is being in the US illegally.

Virginia, Iowa and Kentucky remain the only states with permanent disenfranchisement policies on the books.

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